NTSB Identification: ATL82FKG09
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 09, 1982 in NEAR COMMERCE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/09/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 210D, registration: N3909Y
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE OWNER HAD FLOWN A PA-23 FROM CHARLOTTE TO JACKSON COUNTY,FL WITH ANOTHER PLT FOLLOWING HIM IN N3909Y. THE OWNER STATED THE OTHER PLT WAS VERY METICULOUS & ALWAYS DRAINED FUEL PRIOR TO FLT. AFTER THE 1 HR FLT TO JACKSON COUNTY, THEY BOTH LOOKED OVER THE ACFT PRIOR TO RETURNING TO CHARLOTTE, BUT DID NOT DRAIN THE FUEL. ABOUT 3-4 MIN AFTER TAKEOFF THE ENG LOST POWER. THE OWNER SITTING IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT TOOK CONTROL & SWITCHED FROM THE LEFT TO RIGHT TANK, HOWEVER, THE ENG DID NOT RESPOND. 3 OZ OF FLUID DRAINED FROM THE GASCOLATOR WAS IDENTIFIED AS WATER. THE CAP ON THE FLOW DIVIDER WAS REMOVED & ONLY WATER WAS FOUND IN THE UNIT. FUEL FROM THE WING TANKS ON THIS ACFT FLOW THROUGH FUEL RESERVOIR TANKS.THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF LEAKAGE IN THE RIGHT TANK FUEL CAP. A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF WATER WAS DRAINED FROM EACH TANK, THE MOST BEING FOUND IN THE RIGHT TANK. THE ACFT SAT IN RAIN THE PREVIOUS WEEKEND. OWNER'S MANUAL STATES TO DRAIN FROM FULLEST TANK ONLY. THE FUEL CONTROL SCREEN WAS CONTAMINATED & PARTIALLY BLOCKED.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..LEAK

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

FLUID,FUEL..WATER

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

FUEL SYSTEM,SCREEN..CONTAMINATION

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

FUEL SYSTEM,SCREEN..BLOCKED(PARTIAL)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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