NTSB Identification: BFO90LA066.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42889.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 31, 1990 in PEEBLES, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/14/1992
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7EC, registration: N8575E
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 PILOT REPORTED THAT HE WAS IN CRUISE FLIGHT WHEN HE NOTICED A GRADUAL REDUCTION IN ENGINE POWER. CARBURETOR HEAT WAS APPLIED AND SHUT OFF AGAIN WHEN THE POWER LOSS CONTINUED. THE PILOT MADE A FORCED LANDING IN A SOY BEAN FIELD. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK A DRAINAGE DITCH DURING THE LANDING ROLL, AND NOSED DOWN. POST-ACCIDENT EXAMINATION REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT MALFUNCTION OF THE ENGINE OR ACCESSORIES. THE FAA INSPECTORS STATED THAT WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE CONDUCTIVE TO THE FORMATION OF CARBURETOR ICE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

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

IMPROPER USE OF CARBURETOR HEAT.

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