NTSB Identification: ERA10LA374
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 24, 2010 in Enochville, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/13/2011
Aircraft: MULLOY CHARLES ZODIAC 601XL, registration: N601CX
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

According to the pilot, shortly after takeoff the engine lost power. He performed a forced landing into a wooded area and the airplane came to rest inverted. Examination of the fuel system found water in the fuel line between the engine driven fuel pump, the carburetor, and the fuel strainer. With the exception of the water in the fuel, no additional evidence of any other preimpact mechanical failure or malfunction was found. Had the pilot checked the fuel before flight, he likely would have noted the presence of water and should have drained it.

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

Loss of engine power due to fuel contamination, and the pilot’s inadequate preflight of the fuel system.

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