NTSB Identification: MKC83LA026
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 25, 1982 in ST. CHARLES, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/25/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA28-18, registration: N9582J
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.

WHEN POWER WAS APPLIED AFTER A LONG 20 MILE DESCENT THE ENGINE WOULD NOT RESPOND EXCEPT FOR A "CHUGGING IDLE." THE PILOT STATED THAT HE DID USE SOME CARBURETOR HEAT DURING THE EARLY PART OF THE DESCENT. FAA ADVISORY CIRCULAR AC-20-113 RECOMMENDS "HEAT SHOULD BE APPLIED FOR A SHORT TIME BEFORE BEGINNING A PROLONGED DESCENT." ALSO "POWER LEVER ADVANCEMENT SHOULD BE PERFORMED PERIODICALLY DURING DESCENT TO ASSURE THAT POWER CAN BE ACHIEVED."

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

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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