NTSB Identification: NYC92LA060.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45891.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 15, 1992 in ISLE AU HAUT, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-20, registration: N36142
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 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.
SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF FROM AN ICE COVERED LAKE, THE ENGINE LOST POWER. THE PILOT MADE A TURN TO AVOID GOING INTO THE OCEAN AND STALLED THE AIRPLANE ONTO THE ICE. THE PILOT SAID HE USED CARBURETOR HEAT PRIOR TO TAKEOFF. THE EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE BY THE FAA REVEALED 'WATER STILL REMAINING IN THE GAS BOWL AND ALSO IN THE CARBURETOR...AND DEAD BUG DEBRIS FROM THE FUEL LINE ELBOW.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: FUEL SYSTEM ICING AND CONTAMINATION WHICH RESULTED IN A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER AND SUBSEQUENT STALL AND LOSS OF CONTROL DURING A FORCED LANDING.
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