NTSB Identification: WPR12LA099
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 09, 2012 in Cusick, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/09/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N5100R
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.
The pilot reported that, after takeoff, the engine began to run roughly and lose power. He applied carburetor heat, which did not restore power. The pilot’s further troubleshooting attempts were unsuccessful, and he initiated a forced landing. The engine subsequently lost power, and, during the landing to a nearby field, the airplane struck several trees. A postaccident examination of the airframe revealed about 8 gallons of fuel were remaining in the right tank. The left fuel tank was breached during the impact, and it was found empty due to the breach. Further examination of the airplane and a subsequent engine run revealed no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A total loss of engine power during cruise flight for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.
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