WALHALLA, S.C. — Shortly after takeoff from the factory airstrip on Aug. 2, Troy Woodland, co-founder of Just Aircraft, had to make an emergency landing. His engine quit due to the presence of water in the fuel tank, he reports.
He was over a lake adjacent to the factory and was climbing when he lost power, leaving him with few options in the hilly landscape.
He found a clearing for a new development that did not have any houses built yet, but the wing clipped a tree and the airplane was totaled.
Woodland had pre-flighted and flown the aircraft earlier in the day and added fuel just before takeoff.
It was learned later that the fuel he added had water in it. Right after takeoff he experienced a serious reduction in power, then a brief surge, after which the engine died.