Airmen perform heroic actions during plane crash

Jun 10, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Eielson Air Force Base Arctiz Sentry

Capt. Erik Boltman and Staff Sgt. Jacob Gibson were on scene when this Cessna 206 crashed into a Fairview home near Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, June 1, 2010.

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Robert Scovill

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Jun 10, 2010
 
Is it possible the pre-flight procedure of checking for water in the fuel tanks may not work as certified? Is it possible that when the aircraft changes its attitude on take-off that undetectable water hiding in the fuel tank changes its attitude and makes its way to the engine pick-up? I bought my Cessna 172P new in 1981. The only time it was out of its hangar was during flight. For seventeen years I did not see one drop of water in my sump cup during the pre-flight. I thought not seeing any water meant I had none. Then after one rough running engine and three total engine failures in flight I discovered the integral tank was hiding water. Then I did a test on my aircraft with the FAA present. Poured 52 ounces of red dyed water into each wing, went to all ten sump drains and did not see one drop of the one hundred and four ounces of red dyed water in the sump cup at any of the ten sump drains. If you or any one else fly's don't believe in the certification of your pre-flight procedure until you do your own red dyed water in the fuel tank test!

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Jun 11, 2010
 
Robert Scovill wrote:
Is it possible the pre-flight procedure of checking for water in the fuel tanks may not work as certified? Is it possible that when the aircraft changes its attitude on take-off that undetectable water hiding in the fuel tank changes its attitude and makes its way to the engine pick-up? I bought my Cessna 172P new in 1981. The only time it was out of its hangar was during flight. For seventeen years I did not see one drop of water in my sump cup during the pre-flight. I thought not seeing any water meant I had none. Then after one rough running engine and three total engine failures in flight I discovered the integral tank was hiding water. Then I did a test on my aircraft with the FAA present. Poured 52 ounces of red dyed water into each wing, went to all ten sump drains and did not see one drop of the one hundred and four ounces of red dyed water in the sump cup at any of the ten sump drains. If you or any one else fly's don't believe in the certification of your pre-flight procedure until you do your own red dyed water in the fuel tank test!
So what is your solution to this problem of hidden water in fuel?

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