NTSB Identification: MIA88LA082.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35992.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 03, 1988 in TAMPA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N40AZ
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.

AFTER PREFLIGHTING THE ACFT, 30.8 GAL OF FUEL WERE ADDED. NO FURTHER INSP WAS PERFORMED. THE FLT TOOK OFF AFTER AN ENG RUNUP WAS ACCOMPLISHED. NO PROBLEMS WERE NOTED. DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB OF THE FIRST TOUCH-AND-GO LANDING, AT AN ALT OF APRX 75 FT, THE ENG QUIT. WHEN ATTEMPTING TO LAND ON AN ACCESS ROAD, THE PLT LANDED SHORT. AS A RESULT, THE NOSE AND RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR SEPARATED. PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT, THE ACFT SAT OUTSIDE UNCOVERED FOR APRX FIVE WEEKS WITH 6.2 GAL OF FUEL ON BOARD. INSP OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THE LT FUEL TANK CONTAINED APRX 1 PINT OF WATER. NO SAMPLE COULD BE OBTAINED FROM THE RT TANK. DRAINING OF THE GASCOLATOR REVEALED THAT IT CONTAINED MOSTLY WATER. ACCORDING TO FAA RECORDS, THE PLT'S MEDICAL CERTIFICATE HAD EXPIRED.

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

FLUID,FUEL..WATER


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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