NTSB Identification: FTW83LA236.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22617.
Accident occurred Monday, May 16, 1983 in SHERRILL, AR
Aircraft: PIPER J3, registration: N42563
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 NOSED OVER ON AN EMERGENCY DOWNWIND LANDING IN A WET RICE FIELD AFTER AN ENG FAILURE. THE PLT STATED THAT THE ENG FAILED AS A RESULT OF WATER IN THE FUEL. THE OPERATOR SERVICES HIS ACFT FROM A PRIVATE UNDERGROUND FUEL STORAGE TANK. AS A RESULT OF RECENT HEAVY RAINS, A LARGE QUANTITY OF WATER HAD ACCUMULATED. ANOTHER ACFT OWNED BY THE OPERATOR WAS CHECKED & WAS FOUND TO CONTAIN A HIGH VOLUME OF WATER.

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

FUEL SUPPLY..IMPROPER..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..CROP


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WET

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