NTSB Identification: BFO88LA013.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35180.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 07, 1988 in ROCK CAMP, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N14BK
Injuries: 1 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.
DURING CRUISE FLIGHT IN IMC THE ENGINE STOPPED WHEN THE PLT TURNED THE CARB HEAT TO CHECK FOR CARB ICE. HE WAS UNABLE TO RESTART THE ENGINE. HE DESCENDED INTO VMC AND TRIED A FORCED LANDING IN AN OPEN FIELD. THE ACFT STRUCK A TREE SHORT OF THE FIELD. THE PLT LOST CONTROL OF THE ACFT AND IT LANDED HARD IN THE OPEN FIELD. EXAM OF THE ACFT DID NOT DISCLOSE EVIDENCE OF MALFUNCTION.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:CARBURETOR HEAT..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..ICE
WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS
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