NTSB Identification: SEA84LA200.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26123.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 27, 1984 in BOULDER CITY, NV
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N8482W
Injuries: 1 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.

PLT EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING IN A FIELD FOLLOWING A LOSS OF POWER DURING INITIAL TAKEOFF CLIMB. POST ACCIDNET INVESTIGATION REVEALED A LARGE QUANTITY OF WATER IN THE FUEL SYSTEM. THE ACFT HAD BEEN PARKED AT AN ARPT WITH 1/2 FULL FUEL TANKS. THE TIE DOWN AREA HAS A 2.5% GRADIENT, PLACING THE ACFT WITH A RIGHT WING LOW ATTITUDE WHERE IT WAS PARKED. A MAJOR STORM PASSED THROUGH THE AREA A FEW DAYS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. THE FUEL FILLER CAPS GASKETS WERE FOUND BRITTLE AND AGED.

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:

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND





Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..WORN


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT/FACILITIES..UPHILL

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