NTSB Identification: MIA88LA237.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36373.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 26, 1988 in PUNTA GORDA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1989
Aircraft: MOONEY M-20E, registration: N9369M
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 PLT STATED HE KEPT HIS ACFT OUTDOORS & HE HAD NOT FLOWN IT FOR 7 DAYS. HE STATED HE HAD NOT REFUELED THE ACFT AFTER THE LAST FLT & HAD PARKED IT WITH 1/2 TANKS. FSS PERSONNEL STATED THERE HAD BEEN RAIN SHOWERS IN THE AREA DURING THAT TIME. THE PLT STATED THAT DURING PRE-FLT INSP, SUMPS WERE DRAINED & NO FOREIGN MATTER WAS FOUND. FLT DEPARTED FOR PUNTA GORDA WHERE ACFT WAS TOPPED OFF BY FUEL TRUCK. PRE-FLT INSP REVEALED PRESENCE OF WATER IN RIGHT SUMP DRAIN. THE SUMPS WERE DRAINED AGAIN UNTIL THE PLT FELT ALL WATER HAD BEEN REMOVED. AFTER DEPARTURE AT 800 FT, THE ENG QUIT & A FORCED LDG WAS MADE IN AN ORANGE GROVE. EXAM OF TRUCK REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF CONTAMINANTS. SOME WATER WAS FOUND IN THE ACFT'S RIGHT FUEL SUMP. PLT STATED HE ONLY HAD USED FUEL FROM THE LEFT TANK. DURING A POST ACCIDENT EXAM OF THE FUEL SYS WATER AND DIRT WERE FOUND IN THE IDLE CUTOFF VALVE AND THE DIAPHRAGM. THE DIAPHRAGM HAD CONGEALED OIL ON IT ALSO.

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

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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