NTSB Identification: NYC02LA132.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 06, 2002 in Newburyport, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/17/2003
Aircraft: Beech C23, registration: N823DA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The pilot-rated passenger performed the takeoff and downwind departure. As he reduced the engine power to cruise, the engine lost power. The commercial pilot immediately took control of the airplane, but was unable to restore engine power. He set up for a forced landing on a road; however, a vehicle on the road prevented the landing. The commercial pilot then side-stepped the airplane and performed a forced landing in the adjacent marsh. During ground roll, the nose wheel collapsed and the airplane nosed over. Fuel system continuity was confirmed with no evidence of contamination observed. The engine was test run, utilizing the airplane fuel system. However, the engine power was kept low due to damaged engine mounts and vibration. The carburetor was examined and found to run rich at all power settings. The richness varied from 17 percent at idle to 2 1/2 percent at takeoff power.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A power loss for undetermined reason(s), which resulted in a subsequent forced landing to unsuitable terrain. A factor was the unsuitable terrain. Full narrative available
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