NTSB Identification: FTW95LA375.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 01, 1995 in BONHAM, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/21/1996
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N5798J
Injuries: 2 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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The flight's destination was a farm near Bonham. During a low approach over the farm field, the pilot decided to abort the landing and go to Jones Field. During the aborted landing, a partial loss of engine power occurred. As the airplane descended toward a barn and trees, the pilot banked the airplane to the left and missed the barn. The left wing struck trees and the airplane impacted the ground coming to rest inverted. During an engine test run throughout a range of power settings, no mechanical discrepancies were found. The pilot reported a 102 degree (F) temperature, an altimeter setting of 30.00, and a site elevation of 600 feet. Utilizing this data, the calculated density altitude exceeded 3,000 feet.

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

THE PARTIAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS. FACTORS WERE THE HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE AND LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN FOR THE FORCED LANDING.

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