NTSB Identification: CHI93LA226.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 26, 1993 in WEST CHICAGO, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 172C, registration: N1441Y
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 REPORTED SHORTLY AFTER LEVELING OFF FROM A CRUISE DESCENT, THERE WAS A DROP IN ENGINE RPM, FOLLOWED BY A TOTAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER. ATTEMPTS TO RESTART WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THE PILOT PERFORMED A FORCED LANDING IN AN OPEN FIELD, AND THE AIRPLANE CAME TO REST NOSE DOWN. POSTACCIDENT EXAMINATION AND ENGINE TEARDOWN REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF PREIMPACT MECHANICAL DIFFICULTY. THE PILOT WAS RETURNING THE AIRPLANE TO THE HOME BASE AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETION OF AN ANNUAL INSPECTION. A NEARBY WEATHER OBSERVATION INDICATED A TEMPERATURE OF 80 DEGREES, WITH A DEW POINT OF 61 DEGREES.

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

the pilot's improper use of carburetor heat. Conditions conducive to the formation of carburetor ice was a factor.

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