NTSB Identification: FTW94LA067.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, January 18, 1994 in MOUNT PLEASANT, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 150D, registration: N4558U
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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DURING INITIAL CLIMB THE SOLO STUDENT PILOT EXPERIENCED A PARTIAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER, FOLLOWED BY A TOTAL LOSS A FEW MINUTES LATER. THE PILOT APPLIED CARBURETOR HEAT FOLLOWING THE INITIAL LOSS OF POWER. A REVIEW OF THE ICING PROBABILITY CHART REVEALED THAT THE AIRPLANE WAS BEING OPERATED IN A AREA CONDUCIVE TO CARBURETOR ICING. DURING THE SUBSEQUENT FORCED LANDING THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A TREE PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN. AFTER LANDING IT IMPACTED A BARBED WIRE FENCE AND NOSED OVER 1/2 MILE FROM THE APPROACH END OF THE RUNWAY.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE POWER LOSS DUE TO CARBURETOR ICING AND THE PILOT'S DELAYED USE OF CARBURETOR HEAT. FACTORS WERE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN FOR THE FORCED LANDING.

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