NTSB Identification: ATL89LA017.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37794.
Accident occurred Monday, October 24, 1988 in ADVANCE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-108, registration: N5361Z
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING TAKEOFF CLIMB ENG QUIT THEN RE-STARTED. PIC TURNED TO THE NORTH & ENGINE QUIT AGAIN. PIC STALLED ACFT & CRASHED INTO WHEAT FIELD. ACFT HAD STC FOR AUTO GAS. FUEL IN ACFT HAD WATER & RUST CONTAMINANTS. FUEL LINES HAD DRIED. CARB HAD COMPOSITE FLOAT. THE SPARK PLUGS AND THE CARB THROAT WERE FOUND SOOTED. COMPOSITE FLOATS ARE NO LONGER MADE BY MANUFACTURER & AD REQUIRING THEM HAS BEEN RESCINDED. FAA ADVISORY CIRCULAR, FAA ACCIDENT PREVENTION PROGRAM, PIPER SVC BULLETIN & LYCOMING FLYER ALL POINT OUT LACK OF UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR AUTO GAS & PROBLEM OF INADEQUATE STANDARDS. FAA STATES AUTO GAS ALLOWS CARB ICE AT HIGHER TEMPS.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR FLOAT..SOAKED

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MAINTENANCE,REPLACEMENT..NOT PERFORMED..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,ANNUAL INSPECTION..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,FILTER..COLLAPSED



Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,LINE..DETERIORATED

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