NTSB Identification: FTW00LA182.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 19, 2000 in MCALLEN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/08/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N94290
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The flight instructor reported that while climbing through 1,500 feet, 'the engine temperature was increasing more than normal.' After a few minutes had passed, the instructor noticed that the oil temperature gauge needle was in the red arc. The instructor lowered the nose to cool the engine; however, the engine lost total power. After several attempts to restart the engine had failed, the instructor initiated a forced landing to an airstrip. During the forced landing, the airplane impacted trees, the nose and right main landing gear separated, and the fuselage buckled aft. Post accident-examination by an FAA inspector revealed no anomalies with the engine.

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

Loss of engine power for reasons undetermined. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

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