NTSB Identification: ATL83LA345.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21882.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 1983 in MIDDLEBOURNE, WV
Aircraft: CESSNA 172E, registration: N5331T
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 PLT REPORTED THAT EN ROUTE, THE ENG BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH. REPORTEDLY, HE APPLIED CARBURETOR HEAT, FULL RICH MIXTURE & FULL THROTTLE, BUT WAS UNABLE TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE POWER. HE CIRCLED FOR A SHORT TIME, THEN MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING. AN EXAM OF THE ENG REVEALED SOOTED SPARK PLUGS & OIL FOULING OF THE #2 & #4 LOWER SPARK PLUGS. NO APPARENT MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS VERIFIED. THE TEMP & DEW POINT WERE 87 & 67 DEG, RESPECTIVELY. DAMAGE HAD OCCURRED DURING THE LANDING ROLL WHEN THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED A GULLEY.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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