NTSB Identification: MKC89LA030.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37573.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 19, 1988 in MCCRORY, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 170A, registration: N170KM
Injuries: 2 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 STUDENT PILOT AND PASSENGER SAID AFTER ABOUT 10 MINUTES OF LOCAL FLIGHT, THEY EXPERIENCED A PARTIAL POWER LOSS. AN EMERGENCY LDG WAS ATTEMPTED ON A NEAR BY RURAL STRIP, BUT THE PLT SAID HE HAD EXCESS AIRSPEED AND WAS UNABLE TO LAND SUCCESSFULLY. THE ENGINE THEN FAILED COMPLETELY AND HE MADE A FORCED LDG. HE STRUCK A CANAL DITCH, THEN CAREENED INTO A RICE FIELD, CAUSING SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE ACFT. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO MALFUNCTION OF THE ENGINE OR COMPONENTS, NOR EVIDENCE OF FUEL STARVATION OR CONTAMINATION. WEATHER CONDITIONS AT THE TIME WERE 600 FEET BROKEN, 2 1/2 TO 5 MILES VISIBILTY WITH LIGHT RAIN AND FOG. TEMPERATURE WAS 52 AND THE DEW POINT WAS 51 DEGREES F. METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS WERE CONDUCIVE FOR THE PROBABILITY OF CARBURETOR ICING ACCORDING TO THE 'ICING PROBABLILTY CHARTS'.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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