NTSB Identification: MKC89LA028.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37574.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 20, 1988 in LINO LAKES, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N12MZ
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.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF AND CLIMBING TO ABOUT 150 AGL, THE PILOT SAID THE ENGINE BEGAN SPUTTERING AND LOSING POWER. ATTEMPTS TO CORRECT THE SITUATION BY PUMPING THE THROTTLE AND WORKING THE ENGINE PRIMER FAILED TO CORRECT THE SITUATION, AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE ENGINE LOST ALL POWER. AN EMERGENCY LDG WAS ATTEMPTED IN A SOFT FIELD RESULTING IN A NOSE OVER AND SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE ACFT. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THE ENGINE COMPONENTS, NOR ANY FUEL SHORTAGE OR CONTAMINATION. METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS WERE CONDUCIVE FOR THE PROBABILITY OF CARBURETOR ICING ACCORDING TO THE 'ICING PROBABILTY CHARTS'.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..ICE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE

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