NTSB Identification: SEA96LA160.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 21, 1996 in TOLEDO, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 182A, registration: N9975B
Injuries: 1 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 reported that after parachutists (skydivers) jumped from 13,000 feet, he returned to the airport. While on base leg for landing, two radio-controlled model airplanes were observed flying near the approach end of the runway. The model airplanes swung wide and blocked the first 2,000 feet of the approach end of the runway; thus, moving the available touchdown zone closer to the departure end of the runway. The pilot continued the approach until his airplane was over the last 1/3 of the runway before he initiated a go-around. During the go-around, the engine lost power, and the pilot made a forced landing. The airplane touched down at the departure end of the runway, then it ran off the end and went into a ditch. Postaccident examination revealed no mechanical failure or malfunction.

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

loss of engine power for undetermined reason(s). Factors relating to the accident were: the pilot's need to maneuvering to avoid obstructions near the approach end of the runway, and a ditch in the emergency landing area.

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