NTSB Identification: MKC87LA069.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34661.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 31, 1987 in TRIBUNE, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N89547
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.

THE PILOT STATED THAT HE WAS SPOTTING STRAY CATTLE AFTER A SNOW BLIZZARD MOVED THROUGH THE REGION. TWO HOURS INTO THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT FURTHER STATED, HE REDUCED ENGINE POWER FOR APPROXIMATELY 10 SECONDS--WITHOUT CARBURETOR HEAT. THE ENGINE THEN SPUTTERED AND STOPPED WHEN POWER WAS RE-APPLIED. AFTER TWO UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS TO RESTART THE ENGINE THE PILOT WAS FORCED TO LAND IN A FIELD OF WHEAT STUBBLE THAT WAS COVERED WITH 3 INCHES OF MUDDY SNOW. THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER UPON TOUCHDOWN. A POST-ACCIDENT INSPECTION REVEALED NO AIRFRAME OR POWERPLANT MALFUNCTIONS.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS

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