NTSB Identification: LAX91FA252.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45487.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 08, 1991 in BERMUDA DUNES, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N7299E
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH SHORTLY AFTER THE AIRPLANE LIFT OFF. AFTER THE AIRPLANE CROSSED THE RUNWAY'S DEPARTURE END THE PILOT BEGAN A 180 TURN TO RETURN TO THE ARPT. THE PILOT FAILED TO MAINTAIN A PROPER AIRSPEED AND THE AIRPLANE STALLED. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT SAND AND OTHER DEBRIS WERE FOUND IN THE FUEL TANK A WEEK BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. THE MECH DRAINED THE FUEL BUT DID NOT REMOVE THE TANK AT THE OWNER'S REQUEST. THE OWNER THEN ADDED AUTO GAS AND RETURNED TO THE AIRPLANE'S HOME BASE. THE WRECKAGE EXAMINATION DSCLSD SAND AND OTHER DEBRIS WERE IN THE FUEL SYSTEM & THE LEFT MAGNETO WAS INOP. BUT THE TACHOMETER INDICATED 2450 PRM AND THE PROPELLER BLADES EXHIBITED EXTENSIVE POWER AT IMPACT SIGNATURES.

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

THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED WHILE MANEUVERING TO RETURN TO THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT, RESULTING IN AN IN FLIGHT LOSS OF CONTROL, STALL, AND IN FLIGHT COLLISION WITH TERRAIN. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: PARTIAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO FOULED IGNITION POINTS, CONTAMINATED FUEL, IMPROPER MAINTENANCE AND IMPROPER PREFLIGHT INSPECTION BY THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND.

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