NTSB Identification: ATL89LA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39009.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 11, 1989 in SANFORD, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/29/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N13188
Injuries: 3 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 PRIVATE PILOT HAD OBTAINED HIS PILOT CERTIFICATE ABOUT SIX WEEKS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. HE HAD LOGGED ABOUT 53 PILOT HOURS AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. HE HAD ABOUT 4 HOURS IN THE C-172 AND HAD JUST CHECKED OUT IN IT. THE PLT HAD TAKEN HIS BROTHER AND A FRIEND FOR A RIDE IN THE LOCAL AREA FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. UPON RETURNING TO THE FIELD, HE MADE A TRAFFIC PATTERN AND DURING THE TURN FROM DOWN WIND TO BASE TRIED TO ADD POWER TO CORRECT FOR LOW ALTITUDE. THE ENGINE DID NOT RESPOND. HE LANDED IN A PLOWED GARDEN AND THE AIRPLANE NOSED OVER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ENGINE WAS INSPECTED AND A RUN PERFORMED. IT OPERATED SATISFACTORILY. ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS WERE FAVORABLE FOR THE FORMATION OF CARBURETOR ICE. THE CARBURETOR HEAT CONTROL WAS FOUND IN THE COLD POSITION.

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

CARBURETOR ICE DUE TO THE FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO PROPERLY USE THE CARBURETOR HEAT CONTROL DURING DESCENT AND FLIGHT IN THE TRAFFIC PATTERNS AT REDUCED POWER. UNDERLYING THIS IS INADEQUATE TRAINING IN THE PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF CARBURETOR ICING AND THE PROPER METHODOLOGY OF DEALING WITH THIS PHENOMENON.

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