NTSB Identification: NYC90LA200.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43160.
Accident occurred Friday, August 24, 1990 in RAVENNA, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/08/1992
Aircraft: ENSTROM F-28A, registration: N9597
Injuries: 1 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.

THE PILOT EXPERIENCED A POWER LOSS SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF AND MADE A FORCED LANDING ON A LAKE SHORELINE. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES CONTACTED THE GROUND. POST CRASH EXAMINATION BY THE FAA REVEALED THE FUEL INJECTORS AND FUEL SUMP HAD CONTAMINATION SIMILAR TO THE FUEL TANK SEALANT. THE PILOT DID NOT DETECT THE CONTAMINATION DURING PREFLIGHT. THE FAA ALSO REPORTED THE SLOPING SHORELINE WAS THE ONLY AVAILABLE PLACE FOR A FORCED LANDING.

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

A POWER LOSS, DUE TO CONTAMINATION FROM DETERIORATING FUEL TANK SEALANT, AND THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO NOTICE THE CONTAMINATION DURING PREFLIGHT.

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