NTSB Identification: MIA00LA242.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 19, 2000 in ST. LUCIE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/02/2001
Aircraft: Ryan ST3KR, registration: N54403
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated he was in cruise flight at 1,000 feet when he experienced a decrease in engine rpm. He applied carburetor heat and the rpm increased. About 5 minutes later, the engine experienced another decrease in engine rpm. He made a forced landing to a highway and collided with a tree. Examination of the engine assembly could not determine the reported partial loss of engine power.

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

The pilot's improper judgment to conduct a precautionary landing when he first experienced a partial loss of engine power, and his subsequent failure to maintain a visual lookout during a forced landing resulting in an in-flight collision with a tree. Contributing to the accident was a reported partial loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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