NTSB Identification: CHI90LA226.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42105.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 12, 1990 in MINDEN, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/09/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-150, registration: N6358Z
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.

WHILE EXECUTING AN AERIAL APPLICATION TURN-AROUND MANEUVER, THE PLT SAID THAT THE POWERPLANT SEEMED TO LOSE POWER. THE ACFT STALLED, COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN, SLID TO A STOP, THEN BURST INTO FLAMES. METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS WERE CONDUCIVE FOR CARBURETOR ICING AT THE TIME, AND POST ACCIDENT ENGINE INSPECTION FAILED TO REVEAL ANY MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS.

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

A STALL ENCOUNTERED BECAUSE OF AIRCRAFT CONTROL NOT MAINTAINED BY THE PIC. FACTORS WERE A PARTIAL POWERPLANT FAILURE DUE TO CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS, CARBURETOR HEAT NOT USED BY THE PIC, AND LOAD JETTISON NOT PERFORMED BY THE PIC.

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