Accident Piper PA-28-180 N54397, Wednesday 29 September 2004
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Date:Wednesday 29 September 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-180
Registration: N54397
MSN: 28-7405050
Year of manufacture:1973
Total airframe hrs:4642 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Avondale, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Toughkenamon, PA (N57)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
After departing the airport, as the airplane initiated a climb to about 200 feet, the engine began to sputter. The airplane then turned to the right, while maintaining a climb attitude, and the engine subsequently lost total power. The airplane stalled and descended towards the ground out of control, impacting a wooded area. The airplane came to rest about 1/2 mile west of the runway, approximately abeam the departure end. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the gascolator bowl, engine driven fuel pump, and carburetor bowl, were contaminated with water. Additional examination of the engine and its related components did not reveal any anomalies. According to a local fire fighter, the airport had received about 8-10 inches of rain during the proceeding 2 days prior to the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection that resulted in fuel contamination and a subsequent loss of engine power.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC04FA220
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 18:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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