NTSB Identification: SEA94LA107.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 23, 1994 in WESTON, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/02/1994
Aircraft: RICH RV-4, registration: N3344E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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WHILE MANEUVERING IN SERIOUS ICING ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS, THE FUEL/AIR FLOW IN THE THROTTLE BODY INJECTOR BECAME RESTRICTED BY ICE BUILD-UP, AND THE ENGINE LOST POWER. THE PILOT SWITCHED FUEL TANKS, TURNED ON THE AUXILIARY FUEL PUMP, AND CYCLED THE IGNITION/MAGNETO SWITCH, BUT DID NOT APPLY CARBURETOR HEAT. BEING UNABLE TO RESTART THE ENGINE, THE PILOT ATTEMPTED A FORCED LANDING ON THE UNSUITABLE TERRAIN.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO USE CARBURETOR HEAT. FACTORS INCLUDE CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS, AND NO SUITABLE SITE FOR A FORCED LANDING.

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