NTSB Identification: NYC82FHJ05
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 24, 1982 in BAYPORT, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N22550
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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.

DURING TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE BEGAN TO LOSE POWER AT ABOUT 50 FT AGL AND THEN BEGAN TO VIBRATE. THE PILOT CHECKED THAT THE FUEL SELECTOR SWITCH WAS ON. HE TURNED AND ATTEMPTED TO RETURN TO THE AIRPORT; HOWEVER, HE WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALTITUDE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO TREES WHILE THE PILOT WAS AVOIDING A HOUSE. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE PILOT HAD USED A MIXTURE OF AVIATION FUEL AND AUTOMOBILE GASOLINE. HE REPORTED THAT ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT, HE USED A MIXTURE CONTAINING ABOUT 50 PERCENT AUTOMOBILE FUEL. ALSO, HE COMMENTED THAT HE DID THIS QUITE OFTEN AND NEVER HAD A PROBLEM. ADDITIONALLY BEFORE TAKEOFF, THE PILOT HAD REPLACED HIS SPARK PLUGS WITH USED PLUGS THAT HE HAD CLEANED. WHEN TESTED, THREE OF THE EIGHT PLUGS WOULD NOT FIRE.

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

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE OF AIRCRAFT/EQUIPMENT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MAINTENANCE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,SPARK PLUG..OTHER


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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