NTSB Identification: MIA96LA097.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 09, 1996 in ORMOND BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/06/1996
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N704XQ
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 CFI stated that while in the traffic pattern he reduced the throttle to idle to simulate loss of engine power, but he did not apply carburetor heat. The student hesitated in performing the emergency procedures, then applied carburetor heat 20-30 seconds later. The CFI aborted the simulation and added power but the engine failed to respond. He made a forced landing on a golf course and the airplane collided with a tree. The engine was subsequently started, but was not operated to full rated RPM due to damaged engine mounts. A review of the carburetor ice probability chart revealed that serious carburetor icing conditions were probable at descent power about the time of the accident.

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

the failure of the pilot-in-command to apply caburetor heat before reducing the throttle to simulate an engine failure. Contributing to the accident was the carburetor icing conditions and the unsuitable terrain encountered during the emergency descent.

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