NTSB Identification: FTW82FRD09
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 01, 1982 in NEW ORLEANS, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/01/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA A185E, registration: N100TK
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT OF THE AMPHIBIOUS AIRCRAFT INITIATED A TAKEOFF ON RUNWAY 10. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE ENGINE BEGAN LOSING POWER. AFTER TAKING OFF, THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED TO MAKE A SHARP LEFT TURN BACK TOWARD THE AIRPORT WHILE STILL AT A LOW ALTITUDE. SOME WITNESSES STATED THAT THE ENGINE STOPPED WHILE THE PLANE WAS TURNING. OTHERS REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE CONTINUED RUNNING UNTIL THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED. THE IMPACT OCCURRED ON A HEADING OF ABOUT 310 DEG IN A NOSE LOW, LEFT WING DOWN ATTITUDE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT AND SUBSEQUENT FIRE. DURING THE INVESTIGATION, THE ENGINE WAS DISASSEMBLED, BUT AN EXAMINATION OF THE INTERIOR PARTS DID NOT REVEAL ANY CONDITION THAT WOULD HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ENGINE FAILURE.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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