NTSB Identification: SEA83LA145.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21059.
Accident occurred Friday, June 24, 1983 in FORT HALL, ID
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-125, registration: N1144A
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.

THE ACFT NOSED OVER DURING A FORCED LANDING AFTER A POWER LOSS. THE PILOT STATED THAT DURING A DESCENT TO AN ARPT THE ENGINE SUDDENLY LOST POWER. EMERGENCY START PROCEDURES FAILED AND A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE IN A GRAIN FIELD. DURING ROLL OUT THE ACFT NOSED OVER. THE PILOT SAID THAT AFTER THE ACCIDENT HE FOUND A DIRTY FUEL SCREEN AND THE ACFT HAD SAT ON THE GROUND FOR A WEEK AND A HALF WITH THE TANKS ONLY 1/2 FULL OF FUEL. HE FOUND WATER IN THE FUEL AFTER THE ACCIDENT. HE DRAINED SOME FUEL PRIOR TO TAKEOFF, BUT HAD NOT USED A STRAINER TO VISUALLY CHECK FOR WATER.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..WATER

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