NTSB Identification: ATL98LA124.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 12, 1998 in BRADENTON, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 150E, registration: N6080T
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
According to the pilot/operator, about 1600 on September 12, 1998, he was preparing to take another pilot on a familiarization flight to demonstrate his company's flight operations. The second pilot handled the preflight inspection. The pilot observed the inspection, but did not notice any water being drained from the fuel tanks. The first pilot, who was a student rated pilot, stated that he was the pilot in command (PIC) and planned to depart the field to the east, and climb to an altitude around 400-500 feet. The engine was running fine and the takeoff was normal. About 50-100 feet above ground level (AGL) the pilot stated that it was like someone had 'pulled the throttle back' and the engine quit. Due to trees on the extended centerline of the turf runway, the pilot put the airplane in a left turn. After turning about 45 degrees, he stated that the two men 'became passengers' as the airplane descended and crashed in a field.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. Full narrative available
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