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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212339
Last updated: 9 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150F
Registration: N3002X
C/n / msn: 15064402
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ferdinand, IN -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Wausau-Central Wisconsin Airport, WI (CWA/KCWA)
Destination airport:Tell City-Perry County Municipal Airport, IN (KTEL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot and passenger were on a cross-country personal flight at 2,500 ft mean sea level and were about 15 miles north of their destination airport. They began the descent, and during the descent, the engine sputtered, followed by a total loss of power. The pilot attempted to troubleshoot the loss of power but was unsuccessful; however, he did not apply carburetor heat during the troubleshooting. Subsequently, the pilot made a forced landing to a parking lot. During the landing roll, the airplane impacted an embankment and nosed over.
Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that fuel was present in the fuel tanks and the fuel lines to the carburetor. Examination revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were conducive to the accumulation of serious carburetor icing at glide power settings. It is likely that, during the descent, carburetor ice accumulated due to the pilotís failure to apply carburetor heat, which resulted in the loss of engine power.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to apply carburetor heat in conditions conducive to the accumulation of carburetor icing, which resulted in a total loss of engine power.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report


photo : Indiana State Police

Revision history:

19-Jun-2018 12:49 gerard57 Added
19-Jun-2018 13:28 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
19-Jun-2018 14:05 gerard57 Updated [Time]
19-Jun-2018 16:01 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
10-Feb-2019 10:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
10-Feb-2019 12:11 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo]

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