NTSB Identification: BFO87LA061.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34731.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 03, 1987 in TAPPAHANNOCK, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/07/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N78505
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 ACFT WAS AT 1500 MSL WHEN A 300 RPM LOSS OF POWER OCCURRED. THE PLT SIGHTED A PRIVATE LANDING STRIP AND HE DECIDED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING ON IT. DURING THE LANDING ROLL ON THE 62 FT WIDE GRASS STRIP THE L WING STRUCK CORN STALKS IN AN ADJACENT CORNFIELD. THE PLT EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF CONTROL FOLLOWED BY THE ACFT VEERING TO THE LEFT AND INTO THE CORNFIELD. EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT DID NOT REVEAL EVIDENCE OF MALFUNCTION. CONDITIONS WERE CONDUCTIVE FOR CARBURETOR ICING.

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..CROP

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