Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
College Station Airport

College Station, Texas 77840
Sunday, February 13, 2000 16:30 CST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
On final approach at the destination airport, the airplane's engine 'stopped.' The pilot switched fuel tanks and turned on the fuel pump. Engine power was not restored. Upon realizing that the approach glidepath would put the airplane into trees, the pilot elected to land in a field short of the trees. Continuity of the fuel system was confirmed. Physical evidence of contamination (ferrous and nonferrous) was found throughout the fuel system (fuel strainer, selector valve, electric fuel pump, left wing fuel cavity, and carburetor) indicating that water had been present at some time and was allowed to remain in the system. During the preflight, it is necessary for the pilot to select each tank with the fuel selector valve then individually drain it, from the cockpit, prior to flight, using the drain valve on the fuel selector. The individual tanks are not equipped with drain sumps. If a fuel tank, that was not drained properly, was selected during flight, water and/or contaminants could be introduced into the engine causing a partial loss of power or engine stoppage. The engine was removed from the airframe, and during an engine run, no apparent anomalies were found.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The loss of engine power due to fuel system contamination. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date2/13/2000 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event1630 
Event Time ZoneCentral Standard Time 
Event StateTEXAS 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site77840  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportCOLLEGE STATION  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDCLL  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation321 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1652 Central Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDCLL  
Elevation of weather observation facility321 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationCST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)27 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)310 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Gust (knots) 17 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjurySerious 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)318 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateFeb 13 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1810 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordMar 4 2001 7:07AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN7878P 
NTSB NumberFTW00LA081  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePiper  
Aircraft ModelPA-24-250  
Aircraft Series IdentifierPA-24-250  
Aircraft Serial Number24-3104  
Certified Max Gross Weight2800 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionOct 18 1999 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection35 
Airframe Hours3453 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameALAN A. MOORE  
Aircraft Owner Street Address1997 OGRADY DRIVE  
Aircraft Owner CityCONROE  
Aircraft Owner StateTX 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode77304  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeCXO  
Departure CityCONROE  
Departure StateTX 
Departure Country  
Departure Time1600 
Departure Time ZoneCST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodeCLL  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordMar 4 2001 7:07AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location28  
Runway Length5159 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--