NTSB Identification: NYC92FA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45709.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 22, 1991 in HANGING ROCK, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N58445
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT ATTEMPTED AN APPROACH, BUT HE WAS UNABLE TO SEE THE RUNWAY AND EXECUTED A MISSED APPROACH. WHILE ON A DOWNWIND AND PREPARING FOR ANOTHER APPROACH, THE AIRPLANE CRASHED IN TREES. A WITNESS HEARD THE ENGINE 'SPUTTER' BEFORE IMPACT. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE AND A TEARDOWN OF THE ENGINE FOUND NO DISCREPANCIES. THE WEATHER WAS: CEILING 400 FEET BROKEN VISIBILITY 3/4 OF A MILE, TEMPERATURE 43F, DEWPOINT 42F. IN THE FAA CHART FOR CARBURETOR ICE, THIS TEMPERATURE/DEWPOINT COMBINATION FAVORS THE FORMATION OF CARBURETOR ICING.

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 THE FORMATION OF CARBURETOR ICE AND A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER AND SUBSEQUENT FORCED LANDING IN TREES.

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