NTSB Identification: CHI85FA096.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28425.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 23, 1985 in WHEELING, IL
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N11413
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AT ABOUT 400 FT AGL DURING TAKEOFF, THE ENG LOST ALL POWER. THE PLT WAS ABLE TO REGAIN PARTIAL POWER FOR APRX 20 SEC, BY 'MILKING' THE THROTTLE, THEN THE ENG STOPPED AGAIN. TO AVOID POWER LINES & FACTORIES AHEAD, THE PLT TURNED BACK & LANDED ON ARPT PROPERTY. DURING THE LANDING ROLL, THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED & THE ACFT NOSED OVER. THE TEMPERATURE AT THE TIME OF THE ACDNT, WAS 27 DEG. MECHANICS OF THE OPERATOR STATED THAT ALCOHOL WAS NORMALLY ADDED TO THE FUEL IN THE WINTER, BUT THIS ACFT HAD BEEN IN A HANGER FOR A ABOUT A MONTH, THEN IT WAS LEFT OUTSIDE FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE THE ACDNT FLT. THEY ALSO STATED THAT FUEL WAS TAKEN FROM THE ACFT AFTER THE ACDNT & FROZEN, & ICE CRYSTALS FORMED. THE PLT'S RECOMMENDATION FOR PREVENTION OF THIS ACDNT WAS 'BY USE OF ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL - 3% BY VOLUME IN FUEL IN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER.

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

FLUID,FUEL..ICE

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED



Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE OF AIRCRAFT/EQUIPMENT..INADEQUATE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


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