NTSB Identification: NYC88LA076.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37485.
Accident occurred Friday, February 05, 1988 in WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2352N
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 FLIGHT DEPARTED RUNWAY 27 AT CROSS KEYS AIRPORT AND UPON REACHING 250 FEET ALTITUDE, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND BEGAN VIBRATING. THE PILOT MANEUVERED TO RETURN TO THE AIRPORT BUT WAS UNABLE TO REACH IT. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN A YARD ABOUT 1/2 MILE FROM THE AIRPORT. THE PLT HAD JUST PICKED UP THE AIRPLANE AFTER A 100-HOUR INSPECTION (WHICH INCLUDED A WASH) IN THE HOUR BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. HE HAD PURCHASED THE USED AIRPLANE ABOUT 1 WEEK EARLIER. EXAM OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT MOISTURE HAD PERMEATED THE IGNITION SYSTEM.

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

IGNITION SYSTEM..WATER


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE

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