NTSB Identification: MIA87FA069.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32639.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 07, 1987 in TALLAHASSEE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/21/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA T210F, registration: N6184R
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.

PLT/OWNER WAS INFORMED BY MECHANICS THAT THE ACFT FUEL TANKS HAD WATER CONTAMINATION ON TWO OCCURRENCES PRIOR TO TEST FLIGHTS. THE PLT REPORTED HE AHD HAD WATER CONTAMINATION AND BELIEVED THE FUEL CAPS WERE LEAKING. NEW CAPS WERE ORDERED TO BE INSTALLED AT THE NEST ANNUAL INSPECION. PRIOR TO THE NEW CAPS BEING INSTALLED THE ACFT SAT OUT IN RAIN. THE PLT DRAINED THE FUEL TANK SUMP DRAINS AND THEN DEPARTED ON A FLIGHT. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF THE ENGINE SPUTTERED AND QUIT AND THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH POWER LINES WHILE ATTEMPTING A FORCED LDG. POST CRASH INSPECTION REVEALED THE ENGINE FUEL SYSTEM TO CONTAIN WATER. THE FUEL TANK CAPS WERE FOUND TO HAVE DETERIORATED SEALS AND LEAKING AND THE FUEL RESEVOIR TANKS WERE FOUND TO HAVE SCREW IN PLUGS RATHER THAN QUICK DRAIN PLUGS. THE FUEL STRAINER AND MIXTURE CONTROL VALVE FINGER SCREEN WERE FOUND TO HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF CORROSION BUILD UP. NO WRINKLES WERE FOUND IN THE FUEL TANK BLADDERS. DRG THE LNG SLIDE THE FRONT OF THE ACFT ENTERED THE WATER OF THE OCHLOCKNEE RIVER WITH THE TAIL ON THE RIVER B

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..LEAK


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,REPLACEMENT..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..CONTAMINATION


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..WATER

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