Accident Piper PA-28-140 N6139J,
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Date:Saturday 24 July 2004
Time:15:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-140
Owner/operator:Somerset Air Service
Registration: N6139J
MSN: 28-7625222
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Somerville, New Jersey -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Somerville-Somerset Airport, NJ (KSMQ)
Destination airport:Somerville-Somerset Airport, NJ (KSMQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
As the airplane began an initial climb from the runway, the engine began to sputter. The airplane then struck a tree and impacted a field during a forced landing. During an examination of the wreckage, approximately 5 ounces of fluid were recovered from the carburetor bowl. About one-third of the fluid was consistent with water, and the remaining fluid was consistent with 100 LL aviation gasoline. Several droplets of fluid were also recovered from the fuel strainer. Some of the droplets were consistent with water. The airplane was last fueled two days prior to the accident, and remained parked outside until the accident flight. During that time, the airport experienced periods of heavy rainfall.

Probable Cause: The flight instructor's inadequate preflight inspection, which resulted in an attempted takeoff with contaminated fuel, and a subsequent forced landing.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

12-Oct-2022 08:42 ASN Update Bot Added

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