NTSB Identification: BFO87LA014.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33153.
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 13, 1987 in ELLICOTT CITY, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N18140
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.
APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES AFTER THE PILOT DEPARTED HAYES FIELD, COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, THE PILOT ELECTED TO RETURN TO THE FIELD. AFTER ENTERING DOWNWIND THE ENGINE CEASED TO CONTINUE PRODUCING POWER AND THE PILOT WAS FORCED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING. DURING THE LANDING THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. IN A STATEMENT FILLED OUT BY THE PILOT SHORTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT THERE IS NO MENTION OF USING CARBURETOR HEAT AT ANY TIME DURING THE FLIGHT. THE BUTTERFLY VALVE IN THE CARBURETOR HEAT BOX WAS FOUND BENT IN THE COLD POSITION. CONDITIONS DURING THE FLIGHT WERE CONDUCIVE TO CARBURETOR ICING.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:CARBURETOR HEAT..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS
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