NTSB Identification: ATL82FA145
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 29, 1982 in NORFOLK, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA U206G, registration: N777HD
Injuries: 4 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 ENG QUIT DURING FINAL APPROACH. THE ACFT HAD A HISTORY OF PROBLEMS WITH WATER IN FUEL SYSTEM LEADING TO ENGINE PROBLEMS. ON 2/8/82 SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES OF WATER WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL SYSTEM. POST CRASH EXAMINATION REVEALED WATER IN THE FUEL SYSTEM. WATER HAD ENTERED THE SYSTEM THROUGH A LEAKING FUEL CAP. POST CRASH TEST SHOWED THAT WATER IN THE FUEL SYSTEM COULD NOT BE DRAINED DUE TO RIDGES & WALLS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FUEL BLADDER THAT TRAPPED WATER. THESE TESTSALSO SHOWED THAT DUE TO THE DIHEDRAL & ANGLE OF INCIDENCE OF HIGH WING CESSNAS WATER COULD NOT OVERCOME THESE RIDGES & FLOW TO THE DESIGN DRAIN POINTS IN THE WINGS. THE SAFETY BOARD HAS ISSUED SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS ON THIS PROBLEM.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..CORRODED

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,TANK..DISTORTED

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

FUEL SYSTEM,TANK..INADEQUATE

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

ACFT/EQUIP,INADEQUATE DESIGN..MANUFACTURER

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