NTSB Identification: CHI97LA038.
The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 04, 1996 in NEW HUDSON, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180, registration: N142AV
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.

After taking off at night, the engine lost total power without warning at approximately 300 to 400 feet. The pilot checked the fuel, carburetor heat, and fuel pump without success of a restart. He turned about 270 degrees before maneuvering to avoid a house. The airplane struck a tree and part of an attached garage. Examination of the engine and aircraft systems did not reveal any discrepancies. The airplane had 2.4 hours of flight time, since the last annual inspection. The temperature and dew point were 32 and 20 degrees. According to icing probability charts, conditions were conducive for carburetor icing, but carburetor icing was not verified.

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

loss of engine power for undetermined reason(s). Darkness was a related factor.

Full narrative available

Index for Dec1996 | Index of months