NTSB Identification: NYC90LA133.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43159.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 17, 1990 in FRANKLIN CENTER, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/08/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-135, registration: N3393A
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE AIRPLANE WAS ON BASE LEG ABOUT ONE MILE FROM THE AIRPORT WHEN CARBURETOR HEAT WAS APPLIED. THE ENGINE SURGED AND THEN LOST POWER, AND WAS NOT RESTARTED. THE AIRPLANE DESCENDED AND IMPACTED IN A NOSE LOW, LEFT WING LOW ATTITUDE. NO EVIDENCE OF A PRE-EXISTING FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. THE TEMPERATURE 11 MILES AWAY WAS RECORDED AT 89 DEGREES F AND THE DEWPOINT AT 68 DEGREES F.

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

LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FOR AN UNDETERMINED REASON AND THE FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED DURING A FORCED LANDING WHICH RESTULED IN AN INADVERTENT STALL.

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