NTSB Identification: DEN00LA034.
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Accident occurred Thursday, December 30, 1999 in RUIDOSO, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/2000
Aircraft: Price GLASAIR 1-RG, registration: N1190D
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot said that shortly after takeoff, the engine 'started cutting out and was not developing enough power to maintain altitude.' The pilot made a shallow right turn and landed on a new crosswind runway which was still under construction. The runway was covered with snow, and shortly after touchdown the 'motor caught and I became airborne again.' During the second landing, the airplane impacted foot high gravel piles, and nosed over. The pilot said that he had been getting 'some water' from his fuel tank sump checks over the previous two months.

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

The failure of the pilot to perform an adequate preflight, and the subsequent partial power loss as a result of water contamination in the fuel. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for a forced landing.

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