NTSB Identification: ATL00LA049.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 01, 2000 in DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/02/2001
Aircraft: de Havilland DH-82C TIGERMOTH, registration: N819DH
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Reportedly, the pilot completed a preflight of the airplane and elected to fly the airplane, despite reports that the airplane had been parked on the ramp for about one year. A witness stated that during the run-up the engine was running very rough. Shortly after takeoff the engine lost power and the airplane collided with the runway. The post-flight inspection revealed that the airplane had been fueled with automotive gasoline. A visual examination of the fuel supply revealed that the automotive gasoline appeared to be 'stale'.

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

The pilot's inadequate pre-flight inspection of the fuel supply that resulted in the loss of engine power due to fuel contamination.

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