NTSB Identification: CHI83LA208.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21962.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 11, 1983 in CERESCO, MI
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-C, registration: N3355H
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE ACFT WAS NORMAL UNTIL HE WAS ON FINAL APCH TO LAND. THE ACFT BEGAN TO LOOSE TOO MUCH ALTITUDE, SO HE ADVANCED THE THROTTLE, THEN THE ENG LOST POWER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT HIT THE TOP OF A TREE SHORT OF THE RWY, THEN CRASHED. AN EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THE CARBURETOR HEAT CABLE WAS LOOSE & HEAVY SOOT DEPOSITS WERE FOUND IN THE EXHAUST STACKS & ON THE SPARK PLUGS. THE TEMP & DEW POINT WERE 74 & 42 DEG, RESPECTIVELY. ACCORDING TO ICING PROBABILITY CHARTS, SERIOUS CARBURETOR ICING COULD OCCUR AT GLIDE POWER.

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

CARBURETOR HEAT CONTROL..LOOSE

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..ICE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS

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