NTSB Identification: MIA87LA088.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32907.
Accident occurred Friday, February 20, 1987 in NEW SMYRNA BCH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N25459
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.

WHILE IN CRUISE FLT AT AN ALT OF APRX 800 FEET THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE ENG BEGAN TO LOSE RPM. UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALT A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE ON A ROAD. THE ACFT THEN GROUND LOOPED DUE TO CONTACT WITH SCRUB OAK TREES, WHICH RESULTED IN SEVERING OF THE LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR. POST CRASH EXAMINATION & RUN UP OF THE ENG REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF FAILURE/MALFUNCTION. A REVIEW OF THE ICING PROBABILITY CHART REVEALED THAT CONDITIONS WERE FAVORABLE FOR SERIOUS ICING WITH A FLOAT TYPE CARBURETOR WHILE AT CRUISE POWER.

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..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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