NTSB Identification: LAX90LA314.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 52874.
Accident occurred Friday, September 07, 1990 in SANTA BARBARA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N51362
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

ON SEPTEMBER 7, 1990, AT ABOUT 1804 PDT, A CESSNA 172, N51362, OPERATED BY THE ALAMEDA AERO CLUB, EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER ON APPROACH TO THE SANTA BARBARA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, CALIFORNIA (SBA). THE PILOT REPORTED THAT AT 1700 FEET MSL AND 7 MILES FROM SBA, THE AIRCRAFT'S THROTTLE CONTROL BECAME DISCONNECTED AND THE ENGINE WOULD ONLY PRODUCE IDLE POWER. HE DECLARED AN EMERGENCY AND LANDED ON A GOLF COURSE ABOUT 1-1/2 MILES WEST OF SBA. DURING ROLLOUT, THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A BERM, NOSED OVER, AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. NEITHER THE PRIVATE PILOT NOR THE PASSENGER WAS INJURED DURING THE PERSONAL FLIGHT. VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED AT THE TIME, AND A VFR FLIGHT PLAN WAS FILED. THE FLIGHT ORIGINATED FROM SAN CARLOS, CA, ON SEPTEMBER 7, 1990 AT ABOUT 1600.

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

A DISCONNECT OF THE THROTTLE CONTROL.

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