NTSB Identification: NYC99LA003.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 02, 1998 in TOUGHKENAMON, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/28/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-38-112, registration: N2535A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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After the airplane was preflighted, the SP started the engine, and taxied the airplane for takeoff. After checking both magnetos, the SP executed the takeoff. The airplane accelerated normally, but after, but approximately 60 feet above the ground, the CFI felt a loss of power. He took control of the airplane, extended the flaps, and started to slip the airplane. While slipping the airplane, the CFI confirmed that the primmer was in, the fuel pump was on, and the fuel selector was on the right tank. The airplane touched down passed the departure end of the runway then went over a 30 foot drop-off nose first. No mechanical failures were detected when the engine was examined. The fuel strainer was found locked in the open position, which would allow the engine fuel pump to suck air. The pilot's operating hand states that during the preflight the pilot should drain the fuel strainer.

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

The pilot's inadequate preflight inspections which failed to detect an open fuel strainer valve, which resulted in a loss of engine power.

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