NTSB Identification: ATL89LA221.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39852.
Accident occurred Friday, September 29, 1989 in HATTERAS, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/16/1992
Aircraft: BEECH B23, registration: N2333L
Injuries: 2 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 REPORTED EXPERIENCING ENGINE PROBLEMS WHILE EN ROUTE TO OCRACOKE, NC. HE DESCRIBED A GRADUAL REDUCTION IN ENGINE RPM UNTIL IT STABILIZED AT 1500 RPM. THROUGHOUT THE EMERGENCY, THE PILOT APPLIED CARBURETOR HEAT WHICH FURTHER REDUCED THE RPM. THE TEMP/DEW POINT WERE 79/63 DEGREES, RESPECTIVELY. THE CONDITIONS WERE CONDUCIVE FOR THE FORMATION OF INDUCTION ICING. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DAMAGED WHEN IT HIT BUSHES DURING A FORCED LANDING. SUBSEQUENT WRECKAGE EXAMINATION FAILED TO INDICATE ANY TYPE OF SYSTEM PROBLEM. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE DRAINED WATER FROM THE FUEL SYSTEM DURING THE PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION OF THE AIRPLANE.

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

LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON.

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