NTSB Identification: CHI97LA143.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 21, 1997 in FULTON, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N76122
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 said the engine experienced a total loss of power shortly after takeoff. He said he was able to land the airplane on the remaining runway. The pilot said he intentionally ground looped the airplane so it would not roll into a ditch located near the runway's departure end. Following the accident the engine was run to its static RPM of 2,200 RPM. The inspection of the carburetor revealed a spalled float fulcrum pin. According to the FAA Maintenance or Defect Report filed on this discovery, '...wear on this pin can cause this type of problem.'

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

a malfunction of the engine's carburetor that was associated with a spalled carburetor float fulcrum pin which resulted in fuel starvation.

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