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NTSB Identification: CEN13LA571
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Santa Teresa, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/03/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA 182J, registration: N3078F
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 he was making a circling descent to the airport after dropping parachutists and that he used carburetor heat during the descent. As the pilot was on the base leg of the landing pattern, close to the turn onto the final leg, the engine lost power. The pilot landed the airplane short of the runway, and the firewall buckled and the nose landing gear bent forward. The operator later functionally tested the engine and it operated normally.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • A loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined because no anomalies were found during the postaccident engine examination.