NTSB Identification: ATL85FA020.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26672.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 25, 1984 in VICKSBURG, MS
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-108, registration: N4873Z
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Minor.

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.

DURING PREFLT, PLT DETECTED WATER IN FUEL SAMPLE. AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE BEGAN TO RUN ROUGHLY AND ON CROSSWIND LEG LOST POWER COMPLETELY. PLT STATED THAT ON APPROACH TO FORCED LANDING, HE INTENTIONALLY STRUCK A TREE WITH THE LEFT WING TO SLOW THE ACFT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE CARBURETOR FLOAT CHAMBER TO BE HALF FULL OF WATER.

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..CONTAMINATION


Contributing Factors

MANEUVER..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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