NTSB Identification: CEN13LA118
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, December 31, 2012 in Mc Allen, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/12/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N8053P
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.

After taking off and climbing to about 1,200 feet above the ground, the airplaneā€™s engine began to run rough and lost power. The pilot turned back toward the airport, but the airplane impacted terrain 200 feet short of the runway. The left main and nose landing gears separated from the airplane, the right wing was crushed, and the fuselage was buckled. Postaccident examination of the engine and related systems revealed no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. According to a Federal Aviation Administration carburetor icing chart, conditions were conducive to carburetor icing at the time of the accident.

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

A loss of engine power due to carburetor icing.

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