NTSB Identification: NYC08CA268
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 02, 2008 in Westerly, RI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 182L, registration: N42366
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

A Cessna 182L experienced a loss of power approximately 1,200 feet above sea level while 2 miles from its destination airport. The pilot had just applied carburetor heat while entering the base leg of the airport traffic pattern when the loss of power occurred. The pilot attempted to restore power but was unable. After determining that he would not be able to glide to the runway, he ditched the airplane in a river. Post-accident examination of the aircraft revealed that the wing was substantially damaged and that there was nesting material and the remains of a rodent in the inlet of the carburetor.

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

A loss of power due to a partial blockage of the air induction system.

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