NTSB Identification: FTW83LA296.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23367.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 26, 1983 in LUFKIN, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 182B, registration: N2550G
Injuries: 2 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.

WHILE EN ROUTE, THE ENG BEGAN SURGING. ALL INSTRUMENTS HAD NORMAL INDICATIONS, EXCEPT THE MANIFOLD PRESSURE & TACHOMETER WERE VARYING AS THE ENG SURGED. THE ACFT BEGAN LOSING ALT, SO THE PLT ELECTED TO LAND ON A HIGHWAY. HE LANDED IN FRONT OF SEVERAL CARS, BUT WAS UNABLE TO STOP BEFORE CLOSING ON ANOTHER VEHICLE THAT HAD SLOWED DOWN AHEAD. HE TURNED OFF THE HIGHWAY TO AVOID THE VEHICLE & WENT THRU A DITCH & HIT A CHAIN LINK FENCE. WATER WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL SYS. AN EXAM OF THE FUEL TANKS REVEALED THERE WERE RIDGES IN THE BOTTOM OF THE TANKS. THE FUEL CELLS WERE REMOVED & EVIDENCE WAS FOUND THAT THE RIDGES WERE ABOUT 1/8 INCH IN HEIGHT. THE FUEL CELL BLADDERS WERE ORIGINALLY INSTALLED AT THE TIME THE ACFT WAS MANUFACTURED IN 1959.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,TANK..INADEQUATE

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

INADEQUATE QUALITY CONTROL..MANUFACTURER

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

FLUID,FUEL..WATER


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..VEHICLE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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