NTSB Identification: LAX85FA179.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27510.
Accident occurred Monday, March 18, 1985 in FREMONT, CA
Aircraft: STRACENER EXPERIMENTAL SX, registration: N2297
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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.
THE ACFT WAS BEING LEASED TO THE ATR PLT BY THE REGISTERED OWNER. THIS WAS THE PLT'S FIRST FLT IN THE ACFT. WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE CONDUCIVE FOR CARBURETOR ICING. JUST PRIOR TO TAKEOFF THE OWNER ADVISED THE PLT THAT THE ACFT WAS EQUIPPED WITH A LOW PRESSURE CARBURETOR WHICH WAS VERY SUSEPTIBLE TO ICING. THE PLT REPORTED HE HAD A ROUGH RUNNING ENG, DECLARED AN EMERG, & SAID HE WAS RETURNING TO THE ARPT. SUBSEQUENTLY HE REPORTED THAT HE WOULD HAVE TO PUT IT IN SHORT. WITNESSES SAID THE ENG WAS SPUTTERING, POPPING, & CUTTING OUT JUST BEFORE IT QUIT. THE ACFT THEN ENTERED A LEFT BANK, LOST ALT, CRASHED & BURNED. FINAL DESCENT ANGLE WAS AT LEAST 60 DEGREES. NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WERE FOUND WITH THE ENG, OR ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS, DURING ENG DISADSEMBLY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS
IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND
LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN KIND OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND
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