NTSB Identification: SEA85FA212.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29326.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 14, 1985 in RENTON, WA
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N2073K
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 INEXPERIENCED, LOW TIME STUDENT PILOT REPORTED A GRADUAL LOSS OF POWER WHILE OPERATING HIS LUSCOBE 8A AIRCRAFT ON A PERSONAL, LOCAL FLIGHT. THE AIRCRAFT WAS EQUIPPED WITH A STROMBERG CARBURETOR WHOSE MIXTURE WAS PERMANENTLY WIRED FULL OPEN AND POWER WAS CONTROLLED SOLELY THROUGH THE THROTTLE. TEMPERATURE AND DEW POINT NEAR THE SITE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT WAS 64 DEGREES AND 52 DEGREES RESPECTIVELY AND CONDITIONS FOR CARBURETOR ICING WERE HIGH. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT VESTABLISED IN A RELATIVELY FAST AND NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE FORCED LANDING.

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLARE..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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