NTSB Identification: ANC92LA081.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 48021.
Accident occurred Friday, May 22, 1992 in PORT BAINBRIDGE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N3717M
Injuries: 1 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 MADE A LOW PASS OVER A BEACH ON WHICH HE INTENTED TO LAND. AFTER APPLYING FULL POWER AND REACHING ABOUT 300 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND THE ENGINE STOPPED PRODUCING POWER. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE AND AIRPLANE REVEALED NO MECHANICAL REASON FOR THE ENGINE POWER INTERRUPTION. THE PILOT WAS USING AUTOMOTIVE FUEL AND COULD NOT REMEMBER IF HE HAD APPLIED CARBURETOR HEAT DURING THE LOW PASS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: CARBURETOR ICE AND THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO FOLLOW PROCEDURE. A FACTOR RELATING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE ROUGH/UNEVEN TERRAIN IN THE FORCED LANDING AREA.
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