NTSB Identification: LAX06CA007.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, October 11, 2005 in Clovis, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: APPEL RDA 04, registration: N835RA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane impacted terrain while attempting to return to the runway following a loss of engine power in the takeoff initial climb. The pilot/owner reported that he had sumped the fuel system prior to the flight. After the accident, the pilot sumped the fuel tanks and found water. The pilot found that the placement of the fuel drain did not facilitate the removal of water from the wing tanks.

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

a loss of engine power due to water contamination of the fuel system. The inadequate placement of the fuel system drain by the builder was a factor.

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