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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164332
Last updated: 23 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182A Skylane
Owner/operator:Austin Skydiving Center Inc
Registration: N6061B
C/n / msn: 34061
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lexington Airfield (TE75), Lexington, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Lexington, TX (TE75)
Destination airport:Lexington, TX (TE75)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, during the descent, he applied carburetor heat but that he then removed carburetor heat when leveling off. The pilot reduced the throttle to slow the airplane while on final approach. When he advanced the throttle to maintain airspeed, the engine power did not increase; the pilot was unable to restore full engine power. The engine subsequently lost all power when the pilot applied carburetor heat. During the forced landing to a field, the nose landing gear and propeller contacted a barbed wire fence, and the airplane then nosed down, impacted the ground, and nosed over. A postaccident examination revealed no mechanical failures that would have resulted in the loss of engine power. The atmospheric conditions at the time of the accident were conducive to the formation of serious carburetor icing at glide power. It is likely that carburetor ice developed after the pilot reduced the engine power/closed the throttle while in the traffic pattern without applying carburetor heat, which resulted in a loss of engine power. The manufacturer’s before landing checklist states to apply carburetor heat before closing the throttle.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s improper use of the carburetor heat, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to carburetor icing.



Revision history:

28-Feb-2014 06:23 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 13:34 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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