June 15, 2012, Biddeford, Maine Cessna 170


At about 1815 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain following a loss of engine power after takeoff. The private pilot and flight instructor sustained minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

When the airplane reached about 1000 feet agl, the engine stopped producing power and the instructor took control of the airplane, eventually performing a forced landing to wooded terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage and empennage, but both pilots egressed without assistance. Subsequent examination revealed both magnetos produced spark. The fuel system was intact, and removal of the fuel pump caused water to spill from the pump. The pump was actuated by hand, and water was ejected from the pump. The carburetor float bowl contained a “50-50” mixture of water and fuel.


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