NTSB Identification: NYC95LA067.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 03, 1995 in WEST DOVER, VT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/26/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 180J, registration: N180BF
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT REPORTED HE WAS CRUISING ABOUT 1,000 FT AGL, AT A LOW POWER SETTING, FOR APPROX 45 MIN. THE SKY WAS CLEAR, BUT THERE WAS FOG IN THE VALLEYS. WHEN POWER WAS ADDED FOR CLIMB, THE ENGINE BECAME ROUGH. ADDITION OF CARBURETOR HEAT AND SWITCHING FUEL TANKS DID NOT CORRECT THE PROBLEM. WHEN LEANED, THE ROUGHNESS SMOOTHED OUT, BUT THE ENGINE CONTINUED TO LOSE POWER. THE PILOT SET UP FOR A FORCED LANDING ON A FROZEN RESERVOIR. AT TOUCHDOWN, THE MAIN LANDING GEAR DUG INTO THE SNOW AND THE AIRPLANE NOSED OVER. AFTER THE ACCIDENT, THE ENGINE WAS RUN SATISFACTORILY.

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

A LOSS OF POWER FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS. THE FROZEN SNOW COVERED TERRAIN WAS A FACTOR.

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