Mooney 201 M20J, N321KL
Following a pre-flight inspection, during which a small quantity of water was found in the left fuel tank, the aircraft took off and the landing gear was retracted. At about 50 ft the engine lost power and the pilot made a forced landing on an adjacent grass runway but had insufficient time to lower the landing gear. Subsequent maintenance activity identified a loose-fitting filler cap on the left fuel tank and a significant quantity of water also present in that tank and throughout the fuel system. No water was found in the right fuel tank. Since its previous uneventful flight the aircraft had been parked outside for about three weeks during which the weather conditions had included snow and rain.
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