NTSB Identification: ATL83FA117.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20947.
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 22, 1983 in HENDERSONVILLE, NC
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-180, registration: N6313P
Injuries: 3 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.

AFTER REPORTING LEVEL AT 7,000 FT IN RAIN, THE PLT REPORTED THAT ALTITUDE COULD NOT BE MAINTAINED DUE TO A POWER LOSS. HE STATED THAT '...WE'RE DOWN TO ABOUT FOURTEEN INCHES AND WE JUST BROKE OUT AND I GOT THE LIGHTS.' AT 1849, AFTER A DISCUSSION WITH ATC CONCERNING AIRPORTS AVAILABLE, THE PLT REPORTED A COMPLETE POWER LOSS AT 4,000 FT. HE STATED HE WOULD '...GO FOR HENDERSON' AND INDICATED THAT HE WAS IN THE CLOUDS. THE ACFT IMPACTED A HEAVELY WOODED HILLSIDE ABOUT 4.5 MI SE AND ON THE EXTENDED CENTERLINE OF RWY 16 OF ASHEVILLE REGIONAL ARPT. THE TEMP/DEW POINT AT ASHEVILLE WAS 49/49. THE FORECASTED TEMP AT 6,000 FT & 9,000 FT WAS +39 DEG & +32 DEG RESPECTIVELY. TWO OTHER PLT'S FLYING IN THE AREAREPORTED ICING AT 8,000 FT & 9,000 FT. THE CARBURETOR HEAT DOOR WAS FOUND JAMMED IN THE COLD (OFF) POSITION. THE CARB HEAT KNOB WAS IN THE COLD (OFF) POSITION.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..ICE

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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