NTSB Identification: ATL86LA113.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30488.
Accident occurred Monday, April 14, 1986 in APPALACHIA, VA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N7792E
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

N7792E EXPERIENCED A GRADUAL POWER LOSS WHILE EN ROUTE TO GREENWOOD. S.C. VIA APPALACHIA, VA. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE QUIT AND RESTARTED FOR A FEW SECONDS AFTER HE HAD BEEN FLYING ABOUT TWENTY MINUTES. THIS CYCLE CONTINUED FOR ABOUT TWO MORE TIMES,BEFORE THE ENGINE STOPPED COMPLETELY. HE PROCEEDED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN A WOODED MOUNTAINOUS AREA. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A TREE FLIPPED INVERTED AND EXPLODED ON IMPACT WITH THE GROUND. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE. THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS ABOUT 180 DEGREES FROM THE INTENDED ROUTE OF FLIGHT. THE PILOT'S BROTHER-IN LAW STATED THAT THE PILOT HAD PLANNED TO OVERFLY THE FAMILY HOME TO SHOW THEM THE AIRCRAFT. THE CONDITION DESCRIBED BY THE PILOT WAS INDICATIVE OF CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH CARBURETOR ICE. THE PILOT DID NOT REPORT APPLYING CARBUERTOR HEAT. THE TEMP/DEW POINT AT TRI-CITIES AIRPORT WAS 68/43 DEGREES.

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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