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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140419
Last updated: 30 January 2021
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Date:13-DEC-2011
Time:09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N1810P
C/n / msn: 22-2589
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:San Juan Valley, near Friday Harbor, WA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Friday Harbor, WA
Destination airport:Lopez Island, WA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot reported that about 3 to 4 minutes after takeoff, the engine lost power with no indication of engine roughness. Unable to restart the engine, the pilot made a forced landing in a field, and the airplane collided with a pole. After the accident, and prior to notification to authorities, the pilot checked the fuel system for water and found none. He then started the engine without difficulty and taxied to a secure area. A local reporting station recorded the temperature and dew point as 2 degrees Celsius and -2 degrees Celsius, respectively. Although the reported weather conditions were conducive to serious carburetor icing at cruise power, the engine was operating at a high power setting for takeoff, indicating that carburetor ice was likely not the reason for the loss of engine power.
Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power during initial climb 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.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20111214X15942&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Dec-2011 12:26 Geno Added
16-Dec-2011 15:13 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
11-Jan-2012 10:30 Geno Updated [Departure airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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