NTSB Identification: SEA97LA151.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, June 24, 1997 in YAKIMA, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/28/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 182P, registration: N9932E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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While climbing out about 500 feet above the ground after a touch-and-go landing on runway 09, the engine began to run rough. The private pilot leveled the airplane and began a turn back to the airport. Witnesses described hearing the engine decrease in power as if the pilot was controlling the power reduction. The airplane then changed directions, began a steep descent, and approached the far end of runway 22 at a 'very high airspeed.' The airplane overran the runway into soft terrain. Its nose gear collapsed and it nosed over onto a fence. The pilot reported that he 'reset' the engine controls just prior to the touch-and-go, and then attempted to restart the engine after if began to run rough. No attempts to secure the engine for landing were reported. Immediately after the accident, the mixture control was found in a partially leaned (2/3 extended) position. Both fuel tanks were full. An examination of the engine and airframe did not reveal any evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunction. The pilot's last flight review was conducted 37 months prior to the accident.

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

The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. Contributing to the accident was the soft terrain.

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