NTSB Identification: ANC83LA027
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 25, 1982 in HOPE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/25/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N8653Y
Injuries: 3 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.

THE AIRCRAFT LOST POWER DURING DESCENT AND CRASHED INTO TREES. THE WEATHER WAS VMC AND NO FLIGHT PLAN WAS FILED. THE PILOT SAID HE WAS DESCENDING WITH REDUCED POWER AND WHEN HE TURNED CARBURETOR HEAT ON THE ENGINE BEGAN TO MISS SO HE TURNED CARBURETOR HEAT OFF. AT THIS TIME HIS ALTITUDE WAS LOW SO HE TURNED AND LANDED UPHILL. THE ONLY DISCREPANCY FOUND IN THE POWERPLANT WAS DEBRIS IN THE CARBURETOR WHICH PLUGGED THE INTERNAL PASSAGES AND SIMULATED CARBURETOR ICE.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..BLOCKED(PARTIAL)

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..CONTAMINATION


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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