NTSB Identification: NYC89LA155.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40476.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 02, 1989 in GASPORT, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/16/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N5266T
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.

THE PILOT SAID THAT HE PERFORMED A PREFLIGHT AND RUNUP BEFORE TAKEOFF. DURING CLIMB OUT AT ABOUT 450 FEET, THE ENGINE QUIT RUNNING AND THE AIRCRAFT FLEW INTO TREES. AN INSPECTION REVEALED THAT THE CARBURETOR AND GASCOLATOR WERE MORE THAN HALF FULL OF WATER. THE FUEL PUMPS AND FILTERS AT THE AIRPORT WERE FOUND TO BE SATISFACTORY.

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

FUEL CONTAMINATION (WATER) AND AN INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT BY THE PILOT, WHICH RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF ENGINE POWER.

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