NTSB Identification: NYC98LA121.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 01, 1998 in ABINGDON, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/08/1998
Aircraft: Cawood FISHER CLASSIC, registration: N485AJ
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The homebuilt departed the runway and was climbing through 200 feet (AGL) when the pilot started a gentle turn to reverse course. Halfway through the turn the engine lost power. The pilot completed the course reversal, but was unable to maneuver to a suitable landing area because of limited attitude and airspeed, and the airplane collided with a track hoe. Water was found in both carburetors and main fuel screen. According to the pilot/builder, the position of the fuel tank sump required the airplane to be in a level attitude in order to completely drain water from the tank.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's inadequate preflight of the airplane which resulted in water contamination of the fuel system. A factor was the location of the fuel tank's sump.

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