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On February 17, 2012, at 1207 eastern standard time, N60276, a Cessna 150J, was substantially damaged during landing at the Pickens County Airport (JZP), Jasper, Georgia. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and certificated private pilot were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.
According to both pilots, the purpose of the flight was to conduct a biennial flight review (BFR) for the private pilot who had just purchased the airplane. They conducted an extensive preflight inspection, filled the fuel tanks, and performed a run-up inspection prior to departure from runway 16. During the preflight inspection, the pilots sumped the fuel tanks twice and noted no water or contamination.
The pilots intended to perform several touch-and-go landings in the traffic pattern before transitioning to the practice area to perform maneuvers. The flight instructor performed the takeoff and transferred control of the airplane to the private pilot after the airplane was on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, at an altitude of 1,000 feet. When the airplane was on final approach, the private pilot noted he was a "little low" and added a small amount of power. The engine subsequently sputtered and the private pilot transferred control of the airplane back to the flight instructor. The flight instructor added full throttle and the engine lost power completely. The pilots prepared for a forced landing and were able to clear power lines and land the airplane in a 400-foot-long field. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a truck with its left wing and continued down an embankment before coming to rest.
The CFI also held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multiengine land, and an instrument rating. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first-class medical certificate was issued on September 27, 2011. At the time of the accident, the flight instructor reported 968 hours of total flight experience, 42 of which were in make and model of the accident airplane.
The pilot receiving the BFR held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent first-class medical certificate was issued on February 3, 2012. At the time of the accident, the pilot reported 253 hours of total flight experience, 127 of which were in make and model of the accident airplane. The pilot reported one hour of flight experience in the previous 90 days.
The airplane was manufactured in 1969 and had accumulated 3,443 total aircraft hours. The most recent annual inspection was completed on July 15, 2011, at an aircraft time of 3,441 hours.
The private pilot completed the paperwork to purchase the airplane just prior to the accident flight.
The previous owner owned the airplane for approximately 6 months prior to selling it to the private pilot.
Both owners reported the airplane was always stored outside, and the airplane had reportedly not flown since November 2011.
In the previous 2 years, the airplane accumulated 4 hours of flight time. In the previous 10 years, the airplane accumulated 17 hours of total flight time.
The weather reported at Cherokee County Airport (CNI), about 9 miles to the south, at 1155, included calm winds, 10 miles visibility, clear skies, temperature 14 degrees C, dew point 7 degrees C, and altimeter setting 30.13 inches mercury.
The airplane and engine were examined by investigators from Cessna and Continental Engines, under the supervision of the FAA. The examination revealed large amounts of water in the fuel strainer bowl and carburetor float bowl. Almost all of the fluid drained from the fuel strainer and carburetor appeared to be water. A small amount of water was observed in the 15 gallons of blue fluid drained from the aircraft's fuel tanks by the recovery company.
The integral, metal fuel tanks were not breached. Corrosion was observed inside the fuel tanks, as well as the fuel strainer bowl. Additionally, the fuel cap gaskets appeared stiff and cracked.
No other discrepancies were observed.