NTSB Identification: DEN84LA051.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22468.
Accident occurred Monday, December 26, 1983 in ESCALANTE, UT
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N53846
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 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.

ABOUT 15 MIN AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PLT REDUCED THE POWER TO APRX 40 TO 50% & DESCENDED TO ABOUT 300 FT AGL. WHEN HE TRIED TO INCREASE POWER, THE ENG FALTERED. HE APPLIED CARBURETOR (CARB) HEAT, BUT WAS UNABLE TO RESTORE POWER IN TIME TO PREVENT A FORCED LANDING. DURING THE LANDING, HE WAS ABLE TO BARELY CLEAR THE TOPS OF SEVERAL TREES, THEN 'PANCAKED IN & FLIPPED OVER.' THE TEMP & DEW POINT WERE 34 & 32 DEG, RESPECTIVELY. ACCORDING TO ICING PROBABILITY CHARTS, SERIOUS CARB ICING COULD HAVE OCCURRED IN THESE CONDITIONS.

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..ICE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS

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