NTSB Identification: ANC92LA068.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 48158.
Accident occurred Friday, May 08, 1992 in KENAI, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N2940C
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PILOT WAS ON THE BASE LEG FOR LANDING ON THE KENAI RIVER WHEN THE ENGINE STOPPED PRODUCING POWER. HE WAS UNABLE TO GLIDE TO THE RIVER SO HE LANDED ON A ROAD. DURING THE FORCED LANDING SEQUENCE THE AIRPLANE STRUCK SOME TREES BEFORE LANDING ON THE ROAD. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE AND ENGINE SHOWED NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. THE PILOT STATED HE FELT IT WAS CARBURETOR ICE WHICH CAUSED THE POWER LOSS. HE WAS CARRYING ONLY 15 INCHES OF MANIFOLD PRESSURE DURING THE MANEUVERING AND TRAFFIC PATTERN AND HAD APPLIED CARBURETOR HEAT. HE DID NOT KNOW IF THE CARBURETOR HEAT WAS OPERATING.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER USE OF CARBURETOR HEAT WHICH RESULTED IN LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO CARBURETOR ICE.

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