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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186193
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FDCT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Flight Design CTSW
Registration: N466CT
MSN: 07-02-12
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hilton Head Airport (KHXD), Hilton Head Island, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Oak Island, NC (SUT)
Destination airport:Hilton Head Island, SC (HXD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The sport pilot reported that, as he was approaching the landing runway, he retarded the throttle and descended from 1,300 to 1,000 ft mean sea level. He added that, a few seconds after retarding the throttle, the engine "ran rough" for a few seconds and then lost all power and would not restart. He did not attempt to apply carburetor heat, configured the airplane for best glide speed, and maneuvered for a forced landing on a golf course. After landing, the left wing struck a tree.
Postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation, and there was sufficient fuel onboard at the time of the accident. A test run of the engine revealed no anomalies. Given that the weather conditions at the time of the accident were conducive to serious carburetor icing at glide power and the pilot chose not to apply carburetor heat after the engine initially lost power, it is likely that the engine lost power due to carburetor icing.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to apply carburetor heat following a loss of engine power due to carburetor icing.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

13 Sep 2009 N466CT Private 0 Gettysburg, PA sub


Revision history:

06-Apr-2016 21:51 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
19-Aug-2017 15:07 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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