NTSB Identification: LAX86LA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30277.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 27, 1985 in LIKELY, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18A-150, registration: N6878B
Injuries: 2 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.

WHILE PRACTICING POWER-OFF FORCED LANDINGS IN AN OPEN, SNOW COVERED FIELD, THE PILOT SAID HE APPLIED THE THROTTLE TO ABORT THE APPROACH BUT THE ENGINE 'SPUTTERED THEN QUIT.' THE AIRCRAFT LANDED IN THE SNOW COVERED FIELD AND FLIPPED OVER. THE PILOT SAID HE THOUGHT 'IT WAS CARBURETOR ICE.' THE CLOSEST OFFICIAL WEATHER REPORTING STATION (4 NM NORTH OF THE ACCIDENT SITE) WAS REPORTING THE TEMPERATURE/DEW POINT AS 37 AND 32 DEGREES RESPECTIVELY.

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..ICE

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