NTSB Identification: ATL82FIG07
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, May 27, 1982 in FREDERICK, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1983
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164A, registration: N6620Q
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 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.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT 1 TO 2 OUNCES OF WATER WAS DRAINED FROM THE LOW POINT FUEL SUMP, BUT NO WATER WAS DETECTED FROM THE OTHER SUMPS. HE STATED THAT HE DRAINED THE SUMP UNTIL NO WATER WAS DETECTED. DURING THE FLIGHT, THE ENGINE SURGED TWICE, THEN LOST POWER MOMENTARILY. IT WAS RESTARTED, BUT A SHORT TIME LATER, IT STOPPED AGAIN AND COULD NOT BE RESTARTED. REPORTEDLY, A FOUR LANE HIGHWAY WAS THE ONLY SUITABLE LANDING AREA. DURING THE LANDING, THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO LAND IN A CLEAR SPACE BETWEEN THE VEHICLES ON THE ROADWAY. HOWEVER, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A CAR, THEN WENT INTO A DITCH AND NOSED OVER. THE CAR STRUCK THE ROAD EMBANKMENT, AND LATER, THE DRIVER DIED. WATER AND MUDDY RESIDUE WERE FOUND IN THE MAIN FUEL STRAINER AND CARBURETOR. WATER WAS ALSO FOUND IN THE FUEL FILTER FOR THE UNDERGROUND FUEL STORAGE TANK AND THE TRUCK-MOUNTED PORTABLE FUEL TANK.

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

FLUID,FUEL..CONTAMINATION

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:

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE OF AIRCRAFT/EQUIPMENT..IMPROPER

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..VEHICLE

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