NTSB Identification: IAD05FA040.
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Accident occurred Sunday, February 27, 2005 in West Milford, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 182P, registration: N6685M
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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.

During the initial climb after takeoff, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The airplane lost altitude and touched down about 20 feet from the end of the runway pavement, became airborne again, sank below the level of the runway and out of view. After striking several trees and a power line, the airplane came to rest next to a road 362 feet northeast of the departure end of the runway. Examination of the runway revealed that it had a 340 foot displaced threshold that had been marked as a taxiway due to encroachment in the airport safety zone. Examination of the airplane and engine did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions; however, water was obtained from the fuel strainer, and a large piece of ice with visible contaminants suspended in it was found attached to the filter assembly. The airplane was stored out of doors and had not flown for almost 6 months. The owners manual stated that "if the aircraft is to be stored temporarily, or indefinitely, refer to the service manual for proper storage procedures." The service manual stated in the returning aircraft to service section to "Check fuel strainer. Remove and clean filter screen."

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

The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel ice, during the initial climb after takeoff.

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