NTSB Identification: MKC88LA105.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37017.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 04, 1988 in MANHATTAN, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: BEECH 35C, registration: N5878C
Injuries: 4 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.

ARRIVING AT THE ORIGINAL DESTINATION APT, THE PIC DECIDED ON AN ALTERNATE, NEARBY AIRPORT, DUE TO CONFUSION REGARDING RUNWAY CONDITIONS AT THE ORIGINAL DESTINATION APT. FLYING TO HIS ALTERNATE, HE ERRONEOUSLY LINED UP AT A MILITARY AIRPORT LOCATED ABOUT 10 MILES SOUTHWEST OF HIS INTENDED LANDING SITE. UPON ARRIVAL AT THE WRONG FIELD, THE PILOT SAID HE WAS TOO HIGH SO MADE DESCENDING TURNS AT A LOW POWER SETTING. UPON ADDING POWER TO STOP THE DESCENT, THE ENGINE QUIT ABRUPTLY AND AN EMERGENCY LDG WAS ATTEMPTED. DURING THE LANDING ATTEMPT ON A BOULDER STREWN FIELD, THE GEAR WAS SHEARED OFF, THEN A COW WAS STRUCK. THE COW PREVENTED THE ACFT FROM CAREENING DOWN A RAVINE. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE AND FUEL SYSTEM FAILED TO REVEAL ANY MALFUNCTION OR MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS WERE CONDUCIVE TO CARBURETOR ICING ACCORDING TO CARBURETOR ICING PROBABILITY CHARTS.

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..ANIMAL(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS

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