NTSB Identification: CHI94DET01.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 12, 1994 in WATERVLIET, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1995
Aircraft: ARTHUR ALAN BLIND FOX III SPEEDSTER, registration: N61AB
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

THE PILOT REPORTED THE ENGINE LOST ALL POWER DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB AFTER TAKEOFF. THE AIRPLANE WAS OVER THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY WHEN THE POWER LOSS OCCURRED, AND THE AIRPORT IS SURROUNDED BY TALL TREES AND ROUGH TERRAIN. THE PILOT TURNED BACK TOWARDS THE AIRPORT AND WAS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A FORCED LANDING IN A CLEARING IN THE TREES. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE TREETOPS, AND CRASHED TO THE GROUND. THE ENGINE WAS EXAMINED AT AN AUTHORIZED REPAIR STATION. THE ENGINE RAN WITHOUT MALFUNCTION ON THE TEST STAND. THE TEMPERATURE/DEW POINT COMBINATION WAS 73/62. THIS IS IN THE AREA KNOWN TO BE FAVORABLE FOR CARBURETOR ICING. THE CARBURETOR HEAT WAS FOUND IN THE 'OFF' POSITION DURING THE INITIAL EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE.

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

a total loss of engine power due to carburetor icing.

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