NTSB Identification: LAX83LA210.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20460.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 01, 1983 in LINDEN, CA
Aircraft: BEECH 77, registration: N36986
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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 PILOT WAS CRUISING AT 3000 FEET BENEATH AN OVERCAST SKY WITH INTERMITTENT RAIN. THE CARB HEAT WAS OFF. AFTER ABOUT 20 MINUTES OF FLIGHT THE RPM BEGAN TO SLOWLY DECREASE.THE PILOT BRIEFLY APPLIED CARB HEAT BUT AS THE RPM ONLY FLUCTUATED AND POWER WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY RETURNED HE DISCONTINUED USING IT. THE PILOT HAD NEVER EXPERIENCED CARBURETOR ICE. AS ALL POWER WAS BEING LOST THE PILOT BROADCAST MAYDAY AND BEGAN TO LOOK FOR A LANDING SPOT. AS POWER SHUT DWN WAS PROGRESSING SOME POWER RETURNED. THE ACFT WAS NURSED ALONG AT VERY LOW ALTITUDE AND FINALLY LANDED ON A ROCKY SLOPE AFTER OVERSHOOTING AN OPEN FIELD. AS ACFT DECELERATED ITS NOSE GEAR WAS TORN OFF.
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..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND
LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..OVERLOAD
WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS
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