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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17803
Last updated: 5 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150M
Registration: N66381
C/n / msn: 15076005
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:south of Palestine, Crawford County, Illinois -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Washington, IN (DCY)
Destination airport:Vincennes, IN (OEA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that during flight, at about 2,000 feet mean se level (msl), he was unable to maintain altitude and decided to divert to his home airport. He said that he made a gradual left turn and had descended to 1,000 feet msl when the stall warning horn activated. He stated that he applied full power, but the airplane continued to stall and he attempted to land in a clearing on the other side of a stand of trees. The airplane subsequently hit the trees and the ground during the forced landing. Global positioning system data retrieved from a unit on board the airplane indicated that the airplane began a left-hand spiraling descent about 5 minutes prior to impact. The spiraling descent began at about 1,600 feet msl and consisted of 6 complete left-hand turns that ended at a recorded altitude of about 650 feet msl. The average speed during the descent was about 60 knots and the average descent rate was about 250 feet per minute, indicating a reduced power descent. Further evidence indicated that the nearest residence to the accident site was the home of a relative of the pilot. Analysis of the weather conditions indicated that they were favorable for moderate icing at cruise power settings or serious icing during descent power settings.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power due to carburetor icing. Contributing to the accident were the pilot's decision to conduct a low-power spiraling descent operation during conditions conducive to carburetor icing, and the weather that was conducive to carburetor icing.


FAA register: 2.

Revision history:

14-May-2008 12:20 Fusko Added
04-Mar-2015 23:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 10:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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