NTSB Identification: NYC88LA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36798.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 06, 1987 in NEWPORT, VT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1989
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N39857
Injuries: 1 Serious.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENG LOST POWER AS THE ACFT WAS CLIMBING THRU ABOUT 75' AGL. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT WAS DAMAGED DURING AN EMERG LANDING. AN EXAM REVEALED THE ACFT HAD A VERY LOOSELY FITTING FUEL CAP & WATER WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL LINES & SUMPS. THE PLT SAID HE HAD CHECKED THE FUEL DURING THE PREFLIGHT, BUT APPARENTLY THE SAMPLES WERE ALL WATER WHICH HE MISTOOK AS FUEL. THE ACDNT OCCURRED AFTER RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLUID,FUEL..WATER
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
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