NTSB Identification: LAX94LA204.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 24, 1994 in ACAMPO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/1994
Aircraft: BEECH UC-45J, registration: N35095
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT WAS CONDUCTING A LOCAL SKYDIVING FLIGHT. DURING THE CLIMB, BOTH ENGINES BEGAN TO OPERATE INTERMITTENTLY. THE PILOT INSTRUCTED THE PARACHUTISTS TO BAIL OUT AT 9,000 FEET MSL AND RETURNED TO THE AIRPORT. THE PILOT FAILED TO USE CARBURETOR HEAT DURING THE DESCENT. THE PILOT APPLIED POWER TO BOTH ENGINES WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH, BUT GOT NO RESPONSE. THE PILOT ELECTED TO LAND IN AN OPEN AREA, BUT THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH A POWER LINE AND CRASHED. ACCORDING TO THE FAA'S CARBURETOR PROBABILITY CHART, THE EXISTING WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE SUSCEPTIBLE TO SERIOUS CARBURETOR ICING IN A POWER-OFF DESCENT.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO USE CARBURETOR HEAT DURING THE EXTENDED POWER-OFF DESCENT. THE EXISTING CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS, THE PILOT'S DIVERTED ATTENTION, AND THE POWER LINES WERE FACTORS IN THIS ACCIDENT.

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