NTSB Identification: DEN01LA127.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 21, 2001 in Calhan, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/20/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140, registration: N6276W
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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During the pre-flight examination of the airplane, the pilot found no water in the airplane's fuel tanks. Approximately 20 seconds after takeoff, at 400 feet above ground level, the engine lost power. He attempted to restart the engine, but was forced to land in a rough/uneven field north of the airport. The right wing spar was bent, and there was substantial damage to the firewall. Three months prior to the accident, the owner detected moisture in the fuel tanks and a "drying agent" was added. The airplane was not flown between the addition of the "drying agent" and the accident. Postaccident examination by an FAA Inspector found water in the bottom of the carburetor.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the loss of engine power due to fuel contamination (water). A contributing factor was the lack of suitable terrain on which to perform a forced landing.
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