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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203419
Last updated: 28 October 2019
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Date:24-DEC-2017
Time:15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172N Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N91SP
C/n / msn: 17271100
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Shingle Hollow, Rutherford County, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Union Mills, NC
Destination airport:Union Mills, NC
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The commercial pilot was practicing landing approaches to a private airstrip that he was constructing. According to the pilot, while flying about treetop height with full flaps deployed, he added full power to initiate a climb; the engine "sputtered" and stopped producing power. He then performed a forced landing to the unimproved airstrip. During the landing, the airplane "bounced," departed the side of the cleared area, entered the woods, and sustained substantial damage. When asked about the performance and handling of the airplane, the pilot said it was "perfect." He stated that the reason for the loss of engine power was carburetor ice and that he had not used carburetor heat for the low approach and pass over the airstrip. The weather conditions in the area at the time of the accident were conducive to serious icing at cruise power. Therefore, it is likely that the pilot's failure to use carburetor heat resulted in an accumulation of ice within the carburetor that led to a total loss of engine power.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to use carburetor heat in weather conditions conducive to serious carburetor icing, which resulted in a total loss of engine power and a subsequent forced landing.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20171226X03600&key=1
FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=91SP

https://flightaware.com/photos/view/21873-3bbd97de04a0bf4a48b3f2fbb96794bf9afa7ebc/aircrafttype/C172

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report


Images:


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Dec-2017 17:00 Geno Added
15-Jul-2019 18:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
15-Jul-2019 18:42 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo]

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