NTSB Identification: ANC96LA047.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 14, 1996 in WASILLA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/16/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 150J, registration: N50529
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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

A certificated flight instructor was providing a flight demonstration to a prospective student. The student occupied the left seat. Prior to departure, the airplane engine was hard to start and became flooded. While starting, flames were observed emanating from the exhaust. The pilot continued cranking the engine and the flames went out. After departure, the instructor demonstrated slow flight and a series of turns and stalls, adding carburetor heat before each reduction of engine power. During the recovery from the third full flap stall, about 2,400 feet mean sea level (msl), the first pilot lowered the nose of the airplane and added throttle. The engine did not respond and the propeller stopped. Efforts to restore engine power, including activating the engine starter were unsuccessful. The pilot selected an emergency landing area on a road but then noticed power lines along the road. He then performed a landing into trees. The airplane settled to the ground inverted. A postaccident examination of the engine did not reveal any mechanical malfunction. An AWOS weather observation, 3 miles north of the accident indicated a temperature of 47 degrees with a dew point temperature of 19 degrees.

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

A loss of engine power for an undetermined reason.

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