NTSB Identification: WPR12LA228
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Tulare, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N11428
Injuries: 2 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 student pilot was maneuvering the airplane at an altitude of about 1,300 feet above ground level when the engine started to sputter. He configured the airplane for a forced landing in an alfalfa field. During the landing roll, the airplane encountered a water-filled ditch and nosed over, coming to rest inverted and sustaining damage to the tail section. Postaccident examination of the engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. In ambient conditions similar to those reported near the accident site, a pilot could expect serious carburetor icing while operating at various power settings.

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

A partial loss of engine power, which was likely the result of carburetor icing.

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