NTSB Identification: ATL93LA137.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 29, 1993 in MURFREESBORO, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/20/1994
Aircraft: WARD LONG EZE, registration: N850JW
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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REPORTEDLY, THE PILOT HAD FLOWN APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT, AND WAS RETURNING HOME WHEN HE REPORTED A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER. THE PILOT INFORMED THE TOWER CONTROLLER OF HIS POSITION AND STATED HIS INTENTIONS TO LAND ON A HIGHWAY. AS THE FLIGHT GOT CLOSE TO THE GROUND, THE PILOT SAID THAT HE WOULD ATTEMPT AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN A FIELD NEXT TO THE HIGHWAY. NO FURTHER RADIO COMMUNICATION WAS RECEIVED FROM N850JW. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT FAILED TO DISCLOSE A MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR COMPONENT FAILURE. THE CARBURETOR HEAT LEVER WAS IN THE COLD POSITION WHEN EXAMINED AT THE ACCIDENT SITE. A REVIEW OF CURRENT WEATHER DATA REVEALED CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR THE FORMATION OF CARBURETOR ICE.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO PROPERLY USE THE CARBURETOR HEAT CONTROL WHICH RESULTED IN THE FORMATION OF CARBURETOR ICE.

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