NTSB Identification: FTW98LA005.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 05, 1997 in BENTONVILLE, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/04/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 175A, registration: N7091E
Injuries: 3 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.

During the initial takeoff climb though 600 feet AGL at 350 fpm, 0.5 mile from the airport, the engine started running rough and there was a partial loss of power. The power was insufficient for maintaining the altitude of the airplane. During the forced landing to a field, the airplane touched down short of a fence extending across the field. The airplane struck the metal fence posts, collapsed the nose gear, and skidded about 90 feet before coming to a stop. After the airplane came to a stop, the rear seat passenger observed smoke coming from the right side of the aircraft. The pilot and passengers exited the airplane through the left passenger door. The airplane was consumed by the fire. Examination of the airplane revealed that the 'fire was concentrated around the carburetor and the aft portion of the engine.' However, fire damage precluded a determination of the cause of the partial loss of engine power.

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

The partial loss of engine power for an undetermined reason. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

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