NTSB Identification: SEA84LA069.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24196.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 17, 1984 in BATTLEGROUND, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 23-1300, registration: N3347P
Injuries: 1 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.

THE ACFT HAD BEEN PARKED ON THE GROUND FOR 2 YRS. PRIOR TO THE FLT, IT HAD BEEN RUN-UP SEVERAL TIMES. THERE WAS ABOUT 20 GAL OF FUEL IN EACH TANK. THE PLT CHECKED THE FUEL BEFORE TAKEOFF & SOME WATER WAS FOUND. HE DRAINED THE FUEL UNTIL NO WATER WAS FOUND. THE PLT ELECTED TO FERRY THE ACFT TO ANOTHER ARPT FOR AN ANNUAL INSPECTION, WHICH WAS OVERDUE. HE TOOK OFF WITHOUT OBTAINING A FERRY PERMIT. DURING THE TAKEOFF (FROM RWY 15), THE LEFT ENG BEGAN A POPPING NOISE, THEN QUIT RUNNING. THE PLT FEATHERED THE LEFT PROP & CIRCLED TO LAND. HE 'GOT TO CLOSE TO THE RWY TO LAND ON 15 AGAIN & CONTINUED AROUND FOR 33.' HOWEVER,THE RIGHT BEGAN LOSING POWER. THE PLT MANEUVER TO AVOID TREES & LANDED WHEELS-UP IN A FIELD BESIDE THE ARPT. THE RIGHT ENG QUIT RUNNING JUST BEFORE HE LANDED. WATER WAS FOUND IN ALL 4 FUEL TANKS.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

FLUID,FUEL..WATER




Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)





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