NTSB Identification: LAX83LA278.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21734.
Accident occurred Friday, June 10, 1983 in NEW RIVER, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25, registration: N6073Z
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 PILOT STATED THAT HE REFUELED HIS AIRCRAFT AND SECURED THE GAS CAP AFTER WHICH HE MADE FOUR FIFTEEN MINUTES AERO TOW FLIGHTS. DURING THE FIFTH AERO TOW, AS THE AIRCRAFT WAS CLIMBING, THE PILOT HEARD AN OBJECT STRIKE THE WIND SHIELD AND HE SAW THAT THE GAS CAP WAS MISSING. THE PILOT SMELLED GAS FUMES AND SIGNALLED THE GLIDER PILOT THAT IMMEDIATE RELEASE WAS NECESSARY AND THE GLIDER WAS RELEASED. THE ENGINE WAS SHUT OFF AT 1000 FT. AGL AND THE PILOT DITCHED THE AIRCRAFT IN A LAKE.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..LOOSE

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

FUEL SYSTEM,TANK..SIPHONING

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