NTSB Identification: BFO89LA038.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38790.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 02, 1988 in CUMBERLAND, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-150, registration: N7653D
Injuries: 3 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.

THE PILOT STATED THAT SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF AT AN ALTITUDE OF APRX 150 FT AGL, THE ENGINE SPUTTERED AND LOST POWER. ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT, THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO RETURN TO THE AIRPORT. DURING THE TURN THE WINGTIP CONTACTED THE GROUND AND THE AIRPLANE CARTWHEELED. THE ACCIDENT WAS NOT REPORTED FOR 7 MONTHS. A MECHANIC WHO PURCHASED THE ENGINE FROM THE PILOT/OWNER STATED THAT THERE DID NOT APPEAR TO BE ANY MECHANICAL FAILURE OF THE ENGINE OR ITS COMPONENTS. THE PILOTS RECOMMENDATION ON HOW THE ACCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED WAS TO USE MORE CARBURETOR HEAT DURING THE ENGINE RUN-UP.

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

MANEUVER..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..ICE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS

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