NTSB Identification: CEN09CA431
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 12, 2009 in Porter, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/09/2009
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N70455
Injuries: 2 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.

The pilot noticed a significant loss of engine power while maneuvering on a local area flight. The pilot began looking for a suitable place to land and noticed a sandbar along a river. As he approached the river he applied carburetor heat and the engine power began to recover. At this time the airplane was at tree top level along the river when the pilot noticed wires crossing the river. The pilot was unable to reestablish a climb and avoid the wires. The airplane struck the wires and impacted inverted on the sandbar. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were conducive to carburetor icing at cruise and glide power settings with a temperature of 34 degrees Celsius and dew point of 23 degrees Celsius. According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector on scene, there were no pre-impact anomalies noted.

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

The partial loss of engine power due to carburetor icing resulting in the pilot's inability to clear the wires.

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