NTSB Identification: SEA00LA008.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 23, 1999 in SWEET HOME, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 150B, registration: N1252Y
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that prior to takeoff, the engine was idling for about five minutes while he programmed his GPS. The pilot then initiated the takeoff. During the climb, the airplane attained an altitude of about 300 - 400 feet when the engine lost power. The pilot pushed the nose down to establish the best glide. During the turn back in an attempt to land on the runway, the pilot realized that he would not make it and diverted to a nearby field. During the descent, the pilot pushed the mixture to rich and applied carburetor heat, however, the engine would not start. During the landing roll in the field that was covered with berry vines, the airplane collided with the vines, slid about 30 feet, and spun around about 150 degrees to the left before coming to rest. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane at the time. The carburetor icing probability chart for the reported temperature and dew point, indicate that the aircraft was operating in the range of serious icing - cruise or climb power.

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

Carburetor heat was not used prior to takeoff. Carburetor icing conditions and high vegetation were factors.

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