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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157655
Last updated: 17 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer
Registration: N663A
MSN: 22-66
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:SE of Beauford, MN -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Wells, MN (68Y)
Destination airport:Mankato, MN (KMKT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot said the airplane's engine started "sputtering" then lost total power. He made a forced landing in a corn field, and the airplane nosed over. The pilot stated that he performed a thorough preflight inspection of the airplane, during which he drained fuel from all three fuel sumps, and he found no evidence of water or sediment contamination. However, postaccident examination of fuel samples taken from both the left and right wing fuel tanks and from the gascolator fuel line revealed a substantial amount of water. The investigation revealed that the airplane had been parked outside and there had been recent heavy rains in the area.
Probable Cause: The total loss of engine power due to water contamination of the fuel, which resulted in the pilot's forced landing to unsuitable terrain.



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

Revision history:

18-Jul-2013 03:25 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 08:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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