NTSB Identification: NYC91LA056.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45721.
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 01, 1991 in PRINCETON, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/27/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N4675K
Injuries: 2 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 DEPARTING RUNWAY 28 AT PRINCETON AIRPORT, AT ABOUT 800 FEET, THE AIRPLANE ENGINE SUDDENLY LOST POWER. THE PILOT SAID THAT HE MADE A RIGHT TURN AND ATTEMPTED A LANDING IN A CLEARED FIELD ADJACENT TO THE DEPARTURE END OF RUNWAY 28. AS HE APPROACHED GROUND LEVEL, HE BANKED LEFT TO AVOID A LARGE TREE IN FRONT OF THE RIGHT WING. THE LEFT WING TIP, LEFT MAIN GEAR, AND NOSE OF THE AIRPLANE HIT THE GROUND. ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS WERE CONDUCIVE TO CARBURETOR ICE. THE FAA INSPECTORS REPORTED THE AIRPLANE ENGINE WAS REMOVED FROM THE AIRPLANE PRIOR TO THEIR ARRIVAL AT THE ACCIDENT SITE.

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

PILOT FACTOR IN THAT THE PILOT FAILED TO USE CARBURETOR HEAT RESULTING IN ENGINE POWER LOSS DUE TO CARBURETOR ICE. FACTORS WERE UNSUITABLE TERRAIN AND OBSTRUCTIONS.

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