NTSB Identification: SEA82FA046
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 06, 1982 in 10 EAST OF TILL, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/06/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG, registration: N2114Q
Injuries: 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.

DURING FLIGHT AT 13,000 FT MSL, THE ENGINE BEGAN LOSING POWER. THE AIRCRAFT WAS VECTORED TOWARD THE PROSPECT AIRPORT NEAR TILLER, OREGON. HOWEVER, ABOUT TWO MINUTES LATER, ALL ENGINE POWER WAS LOST. DURING A FORCED LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A DEAD CONIFEROUS TREE BESIDE A LOGGING ROAD. THE IMPACT WITH THE TREE OCCURRED AT 117 FT AGL. GROUND IMPACT OCCURRED 162 FT FROM THE TREE IN AN UPRIGHT AND RELATIVELY FLAT ATTITUDE. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 3000 FT MSL. NO MECHANICAL FAILURE OF THE ENGINE WAS EVIDENT. DURING EXAMINATION OF THE FUEL SYSTEM, THE RIGHT FUEL CAP WAS SECURED TO THE FUEL CELL, BUT WAS DIFFICULT TO REMOVE AND REINSTALL DUE TO BINDING AND IMPROPER SEATING. RUST WAS NOTED AROUND THE FUEL CAP AND FUEL CELL FILLER NECK, BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW OF WHERE THE RUBBER GROMMET WAS SEATED. SEVERAL PIECES OF GRANULAR ICE WERE REMOVED FROM THE RIGHT FUEL CELL. WATER WAS FOUND IN BOTH THE FUEL FILTER BOWL AND THE FUEL FLOW DISTRIBUTOR.

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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