NTSB Identification: MKC83LA039
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 18, 1982 in WEST PLAINS, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/18/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N56689
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, THE PILOT HAD LANDED ON A HIGHWAY AFTER THE AIRCRAFT RAN LOW ON FUEL. HE PURCHASED 15 GAL OF AUTOMOBILE FUEL AND PUT IT IN THE AIRCRAFT FUEL TANKS. HE THEN TOOK OFF FROM THE HIGHWAY, FLEW TO AN AIRPORT AND ADDED AN ADDITIONAL 20 GAL OF 100LL, AVIATION FUEL. DURING TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AT ABOUT 150 TO 200 FT AGL. SUBSEQUENTLY, ONE WING WAS TORN OFF DURING A FORCED LANDING AND THE PLANE BURNED. A WITNESS STATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT USED ALL OF THE 3100 FT RUNWAY DURING THE TAKEOFF. WATER WAS FOUND IN THE CARBURETOR BOWL; HOWEVER, THE FUEL LINES WERE DAMAGED AND WATER COULD HAVE ENTERED DURING THE FIRE FIGHTING OPERATIONS.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE

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