ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141926
Last updated: 31 May 2020
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150M
Owner/operator:Prairie Air Service Inc
Registration: N714BS
C/n / msn: 15079055
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:El Dorado, KS -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Benton, KS (1K1)
Destination airport:Benton, KS (1K1)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was on a local flight and the airplane had climbed to an altitude of about 10,700 feet. The pilot reduced the power and established a glide. At an altitude of about 8,000 feet, he advanced the throttle, but the engine only reached about 1,500 rpm. He checked the throttle and mixture controls and applied carburetor heat; however, the engine rpm kept getting lower. During the forced landing in a field, the airplane impacted an embankment and nosed over, coming to rest inverted. An examination of the engine failed to identify any anomalies that would account for a loss of power. A review of the carburetor icing probability chart revealed that the weather conditions were just outside favorable conditions for the formation of carburetor icing. Additionally, the air temperature and moisture content at 8,000- to 12,000-feet altitude were not conducive to carburetor icing. A review of Transport Canada’s publication, TP10737, “The use of automobile gasoline (Mogas) in Aviation,” dated March 31, 1993, noted that, “Mogas is generally higher in volatility than Avgas [aviation gas]. Mogas will thus absorb more heat from the mixing air when vaporizing, resulting in ice accumulation at higher ambient temperatures. The likelihood of carburetor icing while flying on Mogas is higher.” Despite the low power setting during the glide and the use of Mogas, the weather conditions near the accident site did not appear to be favorable for the formation of carburetor icing. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.



Revision history:

17-Jan-2012 17:08 Geno Added
20-Jan-2012 17:26 Geno Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description