MIA97LA224
MIA97LA224

On August 1, 1997, about 0802 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 152, N93011, registered to Alternative Flying Club Inc., operated by Fort Myers Airways, as a 14 CFR Part 91 instructional flight, experienced a reported loss of engine power in cruise flight, and crashed during a forced landing in the vicinity of Cape Coral, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed by a postcrash fire. The student pilot reported no injuries. The flight originated from Page Field, Fort Myers, Florida, about 42 minutes before the accident.

According to personnel on duty at Page Field Control Tower N93011 departed from runway 5 at about 0720. At about 0801, the pilot informed them that he was 5 miles south of the airport and seemed to be losing power. The tower operator asked the pilot to ident on the transponder, and asked what was the nature of his emergency. The pilot stated he was losing power and altitude. The pilot was instructed to proceed direct to the airport and asked to verify that he did not have an instructor pilot on board the airplane. The pilot stated at 0801:59, "I dont have an instructor, " followed by " 011 I dont know." There was no other recorded conversation with the pilot.

Examination of the airframe and flight control system revealed no evidence of a precrash mechanical failure or malfunction. Continuity of the flight control system was confirmed for pitch, roll, and yaw.

The engine assembly was shipped to the engine manufacture for further examination in the presence of the FAA. Textron Lycoming concluded that, "The engine disassembly did not reveal any precrash anomalies or discrepancies that would indicate that this engine was not capable of running and producing power prior to the accident." For additional information see Textron Lycoming Accident Investigation Engine Disassembly Report.

The engine assembly and accessories were released to Mr. Donald Carter, President, Alternate Flying Club Inc., on September 30, 1997.

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