NTSB Identification: ATL87LA138.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33737.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 16, 1987 in WALHALLA, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172-N, registration: N739QF
Injuries: 2 Minor,2 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.

DURING A LOCAL SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT THE PLT TRIMMED THE AIRCRAFT TO A SLOW FLIGHT CONFIGURATION, AND CIRCLED A LAKE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF SOUTH CAROLINA AT AN ALT OF APPROX 1,000 FT AGL. THE AIRCRAFT WAS NEAR MAX GROSS WEIGHT AND THE GROUND TEMP WAS 82 DEG F. THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE APPLIED FULL THROTTLE AND RAISED THE WING FLAPS; HOWEVER, THE ENGINE DID NOT RESPOND AND THE AIRCRAFT STARTED A GRADUAL DESCENT. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE ENGINE WOULD NOT PRODUCE MORE THAN 2,000 RPM AS THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES AND TERRAIN. THE ENGINE WAS GROUND TESTED AND OPERATED TO FULL STATIC RPM. THE REPORTED LACK OF FULL RPM IN FLIGHT WAS NOT DETERMINED.

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS



Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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