Accident Cessna 172L N7180Q, Saturday 1 January 2005
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Date:Saturday 1 January 2005
Time:18:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172L
Owner/operator:Brown Aviation LLC
Registration: N7180Q
MSN: 17260480
Year of manufacture:1972
Total airframe hrs:2083 hours
Engine model:Textron Lycoming O-360-A4M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Poughkeepsie, New York -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Airport, NY (POU/KPOU)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
After takeoff, the pilot completed one traffic pattern, performed a touch-and-go landing, and was on climb-out when the engine stopped producing power about 200 feet above ground level. As the pilot maneuvered it back towards the airport, the airplane struck a tree and a fence on the airport perimeter. Post-crash examination revealed that the gascolator drain valve would not actuate, and would not drain fuel. The bowl was removed, and it contained water, rust, and debris, with a thin film of fuel on top. The carburetor was drained, and the mixture collected was about 50 percent fuel, and 50 percent water. The contents of the left fuel tank could not be examined due to impact damage and the disposition of the wreckage. Fuel drained from the right tank contained water. After the airplane was recovered, a can of aviation gasoline was plumbed into the airplane's fuel system. The engine started immediately, and ran continuously without interruption.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel contamination.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: IAD05LA029
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report



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