NTSB Identification: ATL86LA048.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30176.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 26, 1985 in KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N7300A
Injuries: 2 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 ACFT HAD BEEN MOORED ON AN OPEN RAMP IN EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERTURES. DURING PREFLIGHT THE PLT FOUND THAT THE FUEL STRAINER DRAIN WOULD NOT CLOSE AND ONE WING TANK DRAIN WOULD NOT OPEN. A MECHANIC ATTEMPTED TO REPAIR THE LEAKING STRAINER BUT COULD NOT STOP FUEL FROM FLOWING BY USE OF THE SELECTOR VALVE. A PLUG WAS PLACED IN THE STRAINER TO MINIMIZE THE LEAK AND THE PLT DECIDED TO FLY TO HIS HOMEBASE TO MAKE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS. ABOUT 15 MINUTES INTO THE FLT, THE ACFT EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF POWER REQUIRING A FORCED LANDING. INSPECTION OF THE FUEL SYSTEM INDICATED THE PRESENCE OF WATER IN THE SELECTOR VALVE.

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

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

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TEMPERATURE EXTREMES


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM..FROZEN


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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