NTSB Identification: FTW92LA083.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46502.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 07, 1992 in WHITEHOUSE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/29/1993
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-C, registration: N94063
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.

A PILOT WAS IN CRUISE FLIGHT WHEN THE ENGINE LOST POWER. THE PILOT EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING STRAIGHT AHEAD. IMPACT WAS MADE WITH THE TOP OF TREES ABOUT 300 FEET SHORT OF THE INTENDED LANDING AREA. THE FAA COORDINATOR FOUND WATER AND RUST IN THE FUEL SYSTEM GASCOLATOR.

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

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT INSPECTION AND THE ENGINE POWER LOSS DUE TO FUEL CONTAMINATION WITH WATER. A FACTOR WAS THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN AVAILABLE FOR THE FORCED LANDING.

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