NTSB Identification: BFO88LA023.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36484.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 21, 1988 in ANNAPOLIS, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N32019
Injuries: 2 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 PLT SAID HE DID A PREFLIGHT INSPECTION OF THE ACFT WHICH INCLUDED A CHECK FOR WATER IN THE FUEL. TANKS WERE PARTIALLY FULL- 17 GALS IN EACH ONE. A PRE-TAKEOFF ENG RUNUP WAS NORMAL. DURING THE INITIAL TAKEOFF CLIMB THE ENG HAD A PARTIAL POWER LOSS. AFTER HE WAS UNABLE TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM HE DITCHED THE ACFT IN A NEARBY CREEK. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE CARBURETOR LIQUID CONTENT WAS HALF FUEL AND HALF WATER. THE CARB WAS DRAINED AND THE ENG OPERATED NORMALLY AFTER THREE UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS RESULTED IN ABOUT ONE MINUTE OF OPERATION BEFORE IT STOPPED BY ITSELF. CHEMICAL TEST OF THE LIQUID CONTENT OF THE CARB DISCLOSED THAT 23 VOLUME PERCENT OF THE WATER WAS NOT CREEK WATER.

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

FLUID,FUEL..WATER

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER

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