NTSB Identification: MIA05LA158.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 16, 2005 in Saint Cloud, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/30/2007
Aircraft: Cessna 172C, registration: N1814Y
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

A witness stated that she watched the airplane take off and fly overhead, and heard the engine "sputtering and dying." According to the witness, the engine sputtered and ceased operating about two or three times, and then she saw it turn and go behind some trees. She said she then heard two loud back to back noises, and believing that the airplane had crashed, she telephoned 911. An official with the Osceola County Sheriff's office said that the airplane impacted trees and came to rest inverted, and a fire had ensued, which enveloped and consumed the airplane. Representatives from Cessna Aircraft Company as well as Teledyne Continental Motors inspected the wreckage under the supervision of an FAA inspector, and no evidence of precrash anomalies were noted.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain the airspeed while maneuvering following loss of engine power resulting in a stall/mush, an uncontrolled descent, and collision with trees and the ground.

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