NTSB Identification: FTW83FPG01
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 31, 1982 in NORTH LITTLE RO, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/31/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N29457
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.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE LOST POWER. ONE WITNESS STATED THAT THE ENGINE DID NOT COMPLETELY QUIT. ANOTHER WITNESS REPORTED THAT IT QUIT, BUT RESTARTED AND THEN OPERATED WITH PARTIAL POWER. REPORTEDLY, THE AIRCRAFT REMAINED IN A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE, THEN THE NOSE DROPPED AND THE PLANE CRASHED IN A LEFT-WING-LOW ATTITUDE. DURING IMPACT, FUEL LINES TO THE LEFT TANK FAILED AND FUEL DRAINED INTO THE COCKPIT. WHEN EXAMINED, THE RIGHT FUEL TANK STILL CONTAINED FUEL. THE GASCOLATOR WAS CHECKED AND WAS FOUND CONTAINING MOSTLY WATER. THE PILOT HAD NO RECOLLECTION OF HAVING MADE THE FLIGHT; HOWEVER, HE BELIEVED THAT HE DRAINED THE SUMPS, SINCE THAT WAS HIS HABIT. THERE WAS NO RECORD OF REFUELING THE AIRCRAFT WHERE IT WAS NORMALLY SERVICED.

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:

STALL..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..WATER

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