NTSB Identification: MIA86FA110.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30556.
Accident occurred Friday, April 04, 1986 in OCKLAWAHA, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-201, registration: N742JM
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.

THE PVT PLT REFUELED HIS ACFT THE NIGHT BEFORE THE FLT AND WAS OBSERVED TO DRAIN ONLY THE FIREWALL STRAINER. THE MORNING OF THE FLT HE DID NOT DRAIN ANY DRAINS. ABOUT HALF WAY TO HIS DESTINATION AN ENG PWR LOSS WAS EXPERIENCED, HE DECLARED AN EMERGENCY AND LANDED AT AN INTERMEDIATE AIRFIELD. HE DID NOT SHUT DOWN THE ENG BUT RAN IT FOR APRX 15 TO 30 MINUTES AND HAD HIS WIFE EXIT TO ACFT AND CHECK THE FUEL QUANTITY IN THE LEFT TANK ONLY. THE PLT THEN DEPARTED AND WAS NEXT OBSERVED FLYING OVER HIS DESTINATION ARPT AT ABOUT 300 FT AGL. WITNESSES THEN HEARD THE ENG RAPIDLY LOSE PWR AND THE ACFT CRASHED INTO TREES. ONLY 1 AND 1/2 GALLONS OF FUEL WERE FOUND AT THE ACCIDENT SITE AND THE ENG FUEL PUMP, FUEL CONTROL, FUEL CONTROL STRAINER AND FUEL INJECTOR DIVIDER BLOCK ALL HAD WATER IN THEM AND NO FUEL.

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



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)



Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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