NTSB Identification: ATL88LA169.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37367.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 10, 1988 in RAEFORD, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N5678B
Injuries: 2 Serious,4 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.

THE AIRPLANE LOST POWER SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, AT 100-200 FT AGL. A WITNESS REPORTED HEARING THE ENGINE BACKFIRE SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE IT LOST POWER COMPLETELY. THE AIRPLANE CRASHED SHORTLY THEREAFTER, AS THE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO RETURN TO THE ARPT. EXAM OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT THE IGNITION HARNESSES AND SEVERAL SPARK PLUGS WERE IN POOR CONDITION: SEVERAL IGNITION LEADS WERE DETERIORATED; 3/4 OF ALL LEADS WERE IMPROPERLY CONNECTED TO THE MAGNETOS. THE SPARK PLUGS FIRED INTERMITTENTLY AND BROKE DOWN UNDER PRESSURE, WHEN OPERATIONALLY TESTED. OTHER EVIDENCE OF POOR MAINTENANCE WAS ALSO FOUND, INCLUDING WATER CONTAMINATION IN THE CARB BOWL AND A DETERIORATED CARB ACCELERATOR PUMP. THE AIRPLANE UNDERWENT A 100 HR INSPECTION 4 MONTHS/128 FLT HRS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.

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

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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

MAINTENANCE,100-HOUR INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

IGNITION SYSTEM..FAILURE,PARTIAL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

IGNITION SYSTEM..DETERIORATED

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