NTSB Identification: NYC06CA164.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 30, 2006 in Montgomery, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/31/2006
Aircraft: Baker, Timithy Falco F8L, registration: N4TB
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 pilot of the homebuilt Falco F8L reported that he drained three to four cups of water from the airplane's fuel system prior to takeoff. During the initial climb after takeoff, the engine began to run rough and lost power. During the ensuing forced landing, the airplane impacted the ground and was substantially damaged. The pilot reported that the airplane had been parked outside the week prior to the flight, during abnormally high rainfall. The pilot also said he was not sufficiently careful in draining the airplane's fuel tank. Examination of the airplane did not reveal any pre-impact mechanical malfunctions.

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

The pilot's inadequate pre-flight inspection, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel contamination.

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