NTSB Identification: CHI01LA150.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 28, 2001 in Casco Twp., MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/23/2001
Aircraft: Perth Amboy Bird CK, registration: N726N
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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The pilot reported "Engine stopped on takeoff at approx 150 feet, restarted with partial power, stopped again, than very low power." The aircraft owner reported the pilot performed taxi and run-up tests which took about 15 minutes. He reported he watched the takeoff and the airplane lifted off about 300-400 feet down the runway. The owner reported the pilot initiated a "easy" left turn at an altitude of 250 to 300 feet agl and about midway through the turn the engine quit. He then heard the engine restart and quit again. He reported the pilot made it back to the airport, but the airplane contacted a tree and impacted on the runway. Inspection of the engine and fuel system failed to reveal any anomalies which would have resulted in the loss of engine power as described. The weather observation recorded at Port Huron, Michigan, at 1640 reported a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and a dew point of 14 degrees Celsius. According to the Transport Canada Carburetor Icing chart, these conditions could produce moderate carburetor icing at cruise power and serious carburetor icing at decent power.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The engine failure due to carburetor ice. Factors associated with the accident were the carburetor icing conditions which existed and the tree which was contacted during the forced landing. Full narrative available
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