NTSB Identification: MIA89FA184.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39239.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 04, 1989 in STUART, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/09/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N2923X
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
AS THE PLT WAS TAKING OFF FROM HIS 2ND TOUCH-&-GO LANDING, THE ENG LOST POWER. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE ACFT APPEARED TO WOBBLE & SINK AS THE PLT TURNED THE ACFT BACK TOWARD THE RWY. IT THEN ENTERED A STEEP DESCENT & CRASHED ON THE END OF THE RWY. AN EXAM OF THE ENG REVEALED WATER & RUST IN THE CARBURETOR BOWL & RUST IN THE CARBURETOR'S FINGER SCREEN.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: INADEQUATE MAINTENANCE/SERVICING OF THE AIRCRAFT, WHICH RESULTED IN WATER AND RUST CONTAMINATION OF THE FUEL AND A SUBSEQUENT LOSS OF ENGINE POWER, AND FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN FLYING SPEED, WHILE MANEUVERING BACK TOWARD THE RUNWAY, WHICH RESULTED IN AN INADVERTENT STALL.
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