Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2000 Issue

Dec. 20, North Stonington, Conn. / Cessna 152

At about 14:00 EST, the wreckage of a Cessna 152 was found on a private grass airstrip in North Stonington. The ATP-rated pilot, who owned the airstrip, was dead at the scene. The plane apparently struck trees and a stone wall on landing. Fuel was found in the carburetor bowl, but sediment consistent with rust was observed at the bottom of the carburetor bowl. The carburetor “finger” screen and the gascolator screen exhibited evidence of corrosion but were not obstructed. Examination of the airplane’s maintenance records revealed that the airplane’s most recent annual inspection was performed in October 1991 at a tachometer time of 380 hours. The airplane’s tachometer time was observed to be...

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