NTSB Identification: MIA08CA171
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 23, 2008 in Ormond Beach, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N65436
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 flight instructor and student pilot of the Cessna 152 found water in the fuel tanks during the preflight inspection. Large amounts of fuel had to be sumped to ensure all the water was removed. Their 1-hour instructional flight was uneventful. They returned to the departing airport, landed and took a short break from flying. They then returned to the airplane to continue the instructional training of touch-and-go landings. The fuel system was not sumped before the second flight. During the initial climb after the first touch-and-go, the engine lost all power about 300 feet above the ground. The flight instructor took over control of the airplane and landed on a golf course fairway, striking trees before coming to a stop. Postcrash examination revealed 6 ounces of water in the gascolator and the right fuel tank cap had indication of leaking and infiltration.

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

Both pilots' inadequate preflight inspection of the fuel.

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