NTSB Identification: FTW89LA115.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39288.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 22, 1989 in WACO, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/28/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA 210, registration: N761RF
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING CRUISE FLIGHT AT NIGHT, THE PILOT NOTED A MOMENTARY LOSS OF POWER & REQUESTED THE DISTANCE & DIRECTION TO THE CLOSEST AIRPORT. THE POWERPLANT AGAIN BEGAN RUNNING ROUGH. THE PLT DECIDED TO OVERFLY THE NEAREST AIRPORT & CONTINUE TO ANOTHER AIRPORT THAT HE COULD SEE IN THE DISTANCE & THAT HE WAS IN COMMUNICATION WITH. WHILE DESCENDING TOWARD THE RUNWAY, A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER OCCURRED. DURING A SUBSEQUENT EMERGENCY LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A LEVEE (BERM) ABOUT 1/4 MILE SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. AN EXAM REVEALED WATER IN THE FUEL TANKS & DETERIORATED 'O' RINGS ON THE FUEL CAPS.

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

A DETERIORATED FUEL CAP, WATER CONTAMINATION OF THE FUEL, AND THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT OF THE AIRCRAFT. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: THE DIRT BANK (BERM).

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