NTSB Identification: ATL99LA130.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 14, 1999 in SUMMERVILLE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/02/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 182P, registration: N6863M
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.

After departing the airport and leveling off at 2,500 ft. msl, the pilot began to make throttle adjustments. The throttle appeared to get loose and throttle movement brought no change in engine rpm. The engine then began to lose rpm. He located a 2,400 ft. grass strip on which to perform a precautionary landing and glided to the field. The airplane touched down at the mid-field point. The airplane departed the end of the grass field and impact several small pine trees. An examination of the airplane's engine revealed that the throttle linkage had separated from the throttle arm and there was a missing linkage bolt at the carburetor. A review of the maintenance logbooks revealed that a new engine was installed 1.2 hours prior to the accident.

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

The missing throttle linkage bolt from the carburetor due to an improper engine installation by maintenance personnel. Factors were the tailwind present during the landing roll and the trees.

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