NTSB Identification: MKC83LA110.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20490.
Accident occurred Monday, May 16, 1983 in GARDNER, KS
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N780H
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.

THE ACFT WAS THROUGHLY PREFLIGHTED TO CHECK FOR WATER IN FUEL. THE ACFT HAD BEEN OUTDOORS IN RAIN FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. RUN-UP AND TAXI WERE NORMAL. DURING RIGHT TURN OUT OF TRAFFIC THE ENGINE QUIT. THE PILOT MADE A LANDING IN A FIELD AND NOSED OVER. THE ACFT FUEL FILTER AND CARBURETOR WERE FULL OF WATER FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT. THE FUEL CELLS WERE FOUND TO HAVE RIDGES AND STEPS SO HIGH THAT TRAPPED WATER WAS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE BY NORMAL PREFLIGHT METHODS. THESE CELLS WERE FACTORY INSTALLED. ALSO THE FACTORY INSTALLED ADAPTERS HAD ERODED ALLOWING WATER TO ENTER AROUND THE FUEL CAPS.

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:

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..POOR..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

ACFT/EQUIP,INADEQUATE DESIGN..MANUFACTURER

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

FUEL SYSTEM,TANK..IMPROPER

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..LEAK

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