NTSB Identification: ATL98LA131.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 24, 1998 in LANCASTER, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/26/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA 22-150, registration: N8027D
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.

According to the pilot, during takeoff on runway 14, and at 200 feet above ground level, the 'engine went to idle as if the throttle had been pulled full out.' He stated that he pitched the airplane for a glide speed of 65 miles per hour. He switched from the right fuel tank to the left and applied carburetor heat. The pilot stated that the engine regained power and he climbed back to 200 feet. He turned back towards the runway and again power was lost. The pilot ditched the airplane into a lake. According to the FAA, examination of the airplane following its recovery from the lake found the left fuel tank damaged and empty, the fuel selector was on the left tank, the carburetor was cracked in half, and the right fuel tank was full of what appeared to be fuel and water. A review of weather data from the nearest reporting facility disclosed that conditions were favorable for the formation of carburetor ice. The out side air temperature was 70 degrees and the dew point was 64 degrees.

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

The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. Factor were conditions favorable for the formation of carburetor ice..

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