NTSB Identification: ERA09FA005
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 05, 2008 in Swainsboro, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/2009
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was performing slow flight over his property at 60 knots and 1,000 feet above ground level. He noticed that the airplane was descending and applied full throttle. The engine did not respond as expected, so he looked for a place to land. He did not recall if the engine stopped running. While attempting a forced landing, the airplane collided with trees and terrain in a wooded area. Examination of the airframe did not reveal evidence of a preimpact malfunction or failure. Examination of the propeller at the accident site did not reveal evidence of rotation at impact. The carburetor heat control was found in the closed (cold) position. Following the recovery of the wreckage, the engine was tested on the airframe and attained 3,300 rpms with no misfiring or hesitation. The airplane had accumulated 88 hours since new. Review of a Federal Aviation Administration Carburetor Icing Probability Chart indicated "Serious icing (glide power)" for the reported temperature and dew point conditions.

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

A loss of engine power due to carburetor icing as a result of the pilot's failure to use carburetor heat.

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