NTSB Identification: CHI94LA023.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 24, 1993 in FRANKENMUTH, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/07/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N73003
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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WHILE IN CRUISE FLIGHT, THE ENGINE SUSTAINED LOSS OF POWER. AN EMERGENCY LANDING WAS MADE IN A CROP FIELD, WHERE THE AIRPLANE WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. THE PILOT INDICATED THAT HE MAY HAVE ACTIVATED THE MIXTURE INSTEAD OF THE CARBURETOR HEAT. SUBSEQUENT EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT THE CONTROL KNOBS FOR THE MIXTURE AND CARBURETOR HEAT WERE THE SAME SHAPE, SIZE, AND COLOR.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: IMPROPER USE OF THE MIXTURE CONTROL BY THE PILOT. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: THE SIMILARITY OF SHAPE, SIZE, AND COLOR OF THE MIXTURE AND CARBURETOR HEAT CONTROLS AND THE TERRAIN CONDITION (WITH CROP) IN THE EMERGENCY LANDING AREA. Full narrative available
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