NTSB Identification: ANC87LA160.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34367.
Accident occurred Monday, September 14, 1987 in MT. WATANA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/07/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N5416R
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER LIFTOFF FROM A LAKE THE AIRPLANE'S ENGINE STOPPED PRODUCING POWER AND THE AIRPLANE BEGAN SETTLING TOWARD THE REMAINING LAKE. THE ENGINE SURGED AND THE AIRPLANE CRASHED ON THE TUNDRA, 200 YARDS FROM THE LAKE'S EDGE. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE DRAINED THE FUEL SUMPS ON THE FIRST FLIGHT OF THE DAY AND FOUND WATER, BUT DID NOT DRAIN THE FUEL SUMPS ON SUBSEQUENT FLIGHTS.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..CONTAMINATION

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

FUEL SYSTEM..WATER

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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