NTSB Identification: SEA83LA024
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 21, 1982 in SPANAWAY, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/21/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 170, registration: N2698V
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT WHILE CLIMBING THROUGH ABOUT 75 TO 100 FT AGL, THE ENGINE LOST POWER. HE MANEUVERED THE AIRCRAFT STRAIGHT AHEAD TO LAND BEYOND A HIGHWAY. THERE WERE TRANSMISSION LINES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROADWAY. THE PILOT BELIEVED HE HAD INSUFFICIENT AIRSPEED AND ALTITUDE TO SAFELY FLY OVER THE LINES. REPORTEDLY, THE TAIL CONTACTED A CABLE WHILE CROSSING UNDER THE FIRST SET OF WIRES (A TELEPHONE LINE). THE RIGHT WING CONTACTED THE GROUND, THE AIRCRAFT CARTWHEELED ACROSS THE HIGHWAY, THEN IT CAME TO REST IN A DITCH ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROADWAY. AS THE OCCUPANTS EXITED THE AIRCRAFT, A SMALL FIRE DEVELOPED IN THE VICINITY OF THE ENGINE. WITHIN A SHORT TIME THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED TO BOTH TANKS.WATER WAS FOUND IN THE RIGHT TANK AND IN A LINE LEADING FROM THE RIGHT TANK. RUST WAS FOUND ON THE INSIDE TANGS OF THE RIGHT FUEL CAP, IN THE THREADS OF THE RIGHT QUICK DRAIN AND THE CARBURETOR. NO OTHER PREIMPACT PROBLEMS WERE EVIDENT.

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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