NTSB Identification: NYC08LA070
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 26, 2007 in Pittstown, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/25/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 182R, registration: N9412X
Injuries: 1 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.

According to the pilot, he took off from runway 26 using "normal power." After takeoff, approximately 50 feet above the ground, the power "reduced" and the propeller completely stopped. The pilot landed in the grass next to the runway, the nose wheel dug into the ground and broke off, and the airplane nosed over. The pilot further stated that he had completed the preflight checklist prior to engine start, including checking the fuel for water, and that there was adequate fuel on board. He also recalled checking the carburetor heat during the engine run-up, with no significant reduction in engine smoothness, just prior to takeoff. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector on scene confirmed crankshaft continuity. He could not find fuel in the carburetor, but noted that it had been upside down for 3 to 4 hours prior to his arrival. He also confirmed that a "full load of fuel" had been onboard at startup. No preimpact mechanical anomalies were noted

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

A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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