NTSB Identification: ATL83LA148.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20255.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 03, 1983 in TUSCALOOSA, AL
Aircraft: CESSNA 175, registration: N7588M
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 AIRCRAFT LANDED OFF THE RUNWAY IN SOFT TERRAIN DURING A FORCED LANDING AND NOSED DOWN. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT THE ENGINE BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH AT 400 AGL ON TAKEOFF. HE TURNED BACK TOWARD THE FIELD AND THE ENGINE QUIT. THE PILOT COULD NOT COMPLETE THE TURN TO LINE UP WITH THE RUNWAY SO HE LANDED BESIDE THE RUNWAY AND NOSED DOWN IN THE MUD. INSPECTION SHOWED WATER IN THE CARBURETOR SUMP. THE FUEL FILLER CAPS AND SEALS WERE FOUND TO BE LEAKING. THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN PARKED OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN SEVERAL DAYS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..LEAK

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..WATER


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WET


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..OVERLOAD

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