NTSB Identification: DEN05LA019.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, November 02, 2004 in Ogden, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-250, registration: N7852P
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 pilot reported engine problems while on approach to the airport. During the forced landing, the airplane impacted a berm, and tall brush, causing substantial damage. A postaccident examination of the engine on the day of the accident revealed that the air box around the carburetor contained a small amount of water. The routine weather report taken at 1653 reported the temperature as 42 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and the dewpoint as 25 degrees F. According to the carburetor icing chart, conditions were conducive for icing at glide and cruise power. In addition, several other pilots flying in the area at the time of the accident reported experiencing carburetor icing.

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

the loss of engine power due to carburetor icing. Contributing factors include the weather conditions conducive for carburetor icing, and a lack of suitable terrain for a forced landing.

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