NTSB Identification: ATL89FA005.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38416.
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 05, 1988 in MONROE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N77458
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT WAS RETURNING TO LAND WHEN HE EXPERIENCED A COMPLETE ENGINE FAILURE. THE PILOT REPORTED COMPLETING A BEFORE LANDING CHECK AND RECHECKED THE CARBURETOR HEAT FOLLOWING THE INITIAL POWER LOSS. THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS WERE TYPICAL OF CARBURETOR ICE FAILURES. THE WRECKAGE EXAMINATION FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION WHICH WOULD HAVE PREVENTED NORMAL OPERATION. HOWEVER, THE EXAMINATION DISCLOSED CRACKS IN THE MUFFLER ASSEMBLY. THE PILOT REPORTEDLY USED THE CABIN HEAT DURING THIS SHORT FLIGHT. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE AIRPLANE HAD GOOD VENTILATION WITH THE WINDOWS CLOSED.

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS

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