NTSB Identification: MIA84LA245.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26088.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 01, 1984 in FORT DRUM, FL
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7FC, registration: N7580E
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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A POWER LINE AND THE GROUND AFTER A LOSS OF POWER DURING TAKEOFF. THE PLT WAS NOT CERTIFICATED. THE PASSENGER SAID THAT THE PLT ATTRIBUTED THE POWER LOSS TO WATER IN THE FUEL. THE ACFT WAS BEING OPERATED ON AUTOMOBILE FUEL. ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT THE PLT HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL. IN A LETTER TO FAA THE PLT SAID HE WAS USING AUTOMOTIBLE GAS AND HAD DRAINED 8 CUPS OF WATER DURING PRE-FLT. THE CARBURETOR 'SETTLEMENT BULB' STILL CONTAINED BEADS OF WATER WHEN OBSERVED DURING PRE-FLT BY THE PLT. THE PLT ALSO STATED IN THE LETTER THAT HIS ATP CERTIFICATE WAS SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF A MEDICAL PROBLEM.

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:

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..WATER

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