NTSB Identification: DEN88LA060.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35374.
Accident occurred Monday, February 01, 1988 in REYNOLDS, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N11312
Injuries: 1 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.

THE PILOT MADE A LOW PASS OVER A NEIGHBOR'S FARM AIRSTRIP. HE SAID HE APPLIED CARBURETOR HEAT AND SLOWED THE AIRPLANE TO 70 KIAS, USING 20 DEGREES OF FLAPS AND 1400 RPM. THE REPORTED OUTSIDE AIR TEMPERATURE WAS -10 DEGREES AND THE DEW POINT WAS -20 DEGREES. THE PILOT THEN MADE A SLIGHT RIGHT TURN AND INITIATED A CLIMB. HE SAID HE CLOSED THE CARBURETOR HEAT AND ABRUPTLY PUSHED THE THROTTLE FORWARD. THE ENGINE BEGAN RUNNING ROUGH. THE PILOT THEN RETARDED THE THROTTLE AND APPLIED CARBURETOR HEAT AGAIN. THE ENGINE DID NOT RESPOND. THE PILOT WAS FORCED TO MAKE A LANDING IN AN OPEN, SNOW-COVERED FIELD. THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN AND THE PILOT KEPT THE NOSE WHEEL OFF THE GROUND BY HOLDING BACK PRESSURE ON THE CONTROL YOKE. WHEN THE NOSE WHEEL SETTLED TO THE GROUND, IT SNAPPED OFF IN THE 1-FOOT DEEP SNOW AND THE AIRPLANE FLIPPED OVER.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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:

THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL..ABRUPT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TEMPERATURE EXTREMES



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