NTSB Identification: FTW82DA271
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 07, 1982 in MUNESTER, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/07/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182J, registration: N2405Q
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

DURING FLIGHT, THE ENGINE BEGAN LOSING POWER AND BOTH OCCUPANTS DETECTED A STRONG ODOR OF GASOLINE. THE PILOT MADE A SUCCESSFUL FORCED LANDING IN A FIELD. HE STATED THAT THE ENGINE LOST ALL POWER ON FINAL APPROACH. AFTER COMING TO A STOP, THE PILOT AND PASSENGER STILL SMELLED GAS FUMES AND EXITED THE AIRCRAFT. AT ABOUT THAT TIME, THEY REALIZED THE PLANE HAD STARTED TO BURN. THE PASSENGER, AND A&P MECHANIC STATED THAT HE SAW BURNING FUEL DRIPPING FROM THE ENGINE COWLING. MOST OF THE AIRCRAFT AND NEARLY ALL OF THE FUEL SYSTEM WAS DEMOLISHED BY FIRE. AN INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT THE CRANKSHAFT OIL SEAL WAS OUT OF POSITION AND THE PRIMER FITTING-BOSS WAS BROKEN OFF AT THE RIGHT ELBOW. HOWEVER, INVESTIGATORS WERE UNABLE TO DETERMINE WHEN THE PRIMER FITTING HAD BROKEN. NO PREIMPACT FAILURES OF THE ENGINE WERE VERIFIED.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..UNDETERMINED

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

FLUID,FUEL..LEAK

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