NTSB Identification: LAX95LA193.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 25, 1995 in BOONVILLE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 172F, registration: N5255F
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT SAID THAT THE ORIGINAL DESTINATION AIRPORT WAS FOGGED IN WHEN THE FLIGHT ARRIVED AND HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO FIND AN AIRPORT THAT WAS OPEN. AFTER ARRIVING OVER THE AIRPORT AT BOONVILLE, THE PILOT MADE A LOW FLYBY OF THE RUNWAY TO CHECK IT OVER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FLYING CLUB RULES REGARDING LANDINGS AT STRANGE AIRPORTS. THE PILOT ADDED POWER TO GO AROUND AND ENTER THE TRAFFIC PATTERN AGAIN FOR LANDING. AS THE AIRCRAFT ACHIEVED ABOUT 300 FEET AGL, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND THE AIRCRAFT CONTACTED THE SOFT GROUND BEYOND THE END OF THE RUNWAY. THE NOSE WHEEL SHEARED OFF AFTER IT DUG INTO THE SOFT SOIL. FOLLOWING RECOVERY OF THE AIRCRAFT, IT WAS EXAMINED BY AN FAA AIRWORTHINESS INSPECTOR AND A CERTIFICATED AIRFRAME AND POWERPLANT MECHANIC. THE INSPECTOR REPORTED THAT NO PREIMPACT DISCREPANCIES WERE FOUND. AFTER REPAIR OF IMPACT DAMAGE, THE ENGINE WAS SUCCESSFULLY STARTED AND RUN USING THE AIRFRAME FUEL AND IGNITION SYSTEMS. THE TEMPERATURE AND DEW POINT AT THE CLOSEST WEATHER REPORTING FACILITY WERE NOTED TO BE 79 AND 42 DEGREES RESPECTIVELY.

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

a loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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