NTSB Identification: MIA01LA115.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 07, 2001 in Nashville, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2001
Aircraft: Jerome Wells KR-2, registration: N8089K
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may 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 was at cruise altitude, and had been airborne for about an hour when he decided to transfer fuel from the right wing tank. He said about 2 minutes after transferring fuel, the engine started to "cut out", and then it ceased operating. The pilot said he then executed a forced landing to a field, and during the landing the airplane incurred substantial damage. Postcrash examination of the aircraft by an FAA licensed mechanic with inspection authorization, revealed that the carburetor drain plug had drops of moisture that did not appear to be fuel. In addition, the examination revealed that the gascolator fuel bowl, mounted on the firewall, was full of water and debris. According the mechanic, the fuel bowl had a drain valve that was clogged.

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

the pilot's improper preflight inspection, which resulted in his operating an aircraft with contaminated fuel that resulted in a loss of engine power and and a forced landing to a field and damage to the aircraft during the forced landing.

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