NTSB Identification: MKC84LA042.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22535.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 20, 1983 in SCHUYLER, NE
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N43302
Injuries: 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.

WHILE DESCENDING TOWARD THE PLANNED DESTINATION, THE ENG BEGAN RUNNING ROUGH & THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO IMPROVE THE ENG'S PERFORMANCE BY USING CARBURETOR HEAT. HE MADE A LOCALIZER-ONLY APCH, BUT WAS UNABLE TO SEE THE RWY AT THE MIN DESCENT ALT. A MISSED APCH WAS MADE & HE STARTED TO DIVERT BACK OMAHA, NE. HOWEVER, WHILE EN ROUTE, HE WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALTITUDE. AT APRX 500 FT AGL, THE PLT WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH VISUAL REFERENCES. HE SELECTED A SHOW COVERED FIELD & MADE A SOFT FIELD APCH & LANDING. DURING THE LANDING, THE ACFT WAS DAMAGED WHEN IT DROPPED OFF OF A TERRACE ONTO ANOTHER. THE TERRACE WAS NOT VISIBLE FROM THE AIR DUE TO THE SNOW COVER. AN EXAM REVEALED THAT THE CARBURETOR FUEL NOZZLE WAS COVERED WITH ICE. THE CARBURETOR HEAT SYS WAS FOUND TO BE OPERATIONAL.

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

ANTI-ICE/DEICE SYSTEM..UNDETERMINED

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:

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..BLOCKED(PARTIAL)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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