Cessna 177A Cardinal, G-BTSZ
Approximately 15 minutes into a local area flight from Cranfield, the aircraft’s engine began to misfire. The pilot applied carburettor heat, to no effect; and then observed that both fuel quantity gauges indicated that the fuel tanks were empty. The pilot carried out a forced landing, during which the nose landing gear collapsed. Subsequent investigation showed that the probable cause of the loss of power was the build up of water contaminated fuel residue in the engine fuel strainer drain mechanism, which prevented the drain from closing fully after the pre flight checks and resulted in the loss of fuel.
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Date of occurrence: 26 May 2010