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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60809
Last updated: 7 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150L
Registration: N17214
C/n / msn: 15073667
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Port Allen, 4 miles from Baton Rouge, Louisiana -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Baton Rouge, LA (BTR)
Destination airport:New Roads, LA (HZR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The student pilot and certified flight instructor (CFI) were conducting a night, cross country flight. Weather conditions were conducive to carburetor icing at both cruise and descent power settings. When the airplane was about 7 miles from their first destination, the engine's performance began to decay. The CFI ignored the student pilot's suggestion to turn on the carburetor heat and elected to turn around and fly approximately 16 miles back to their departure airfield. The engine performance continued to decay, forcing the CFI to land in a field about four miles from the airport. During landing, the airplane flipped over on its back, resulting in substantial damage.
Probable Cause: The partial loss of engine power due to the instructor pilot's failure to use carburetor heat while operating in conditions conducive to carburetor icing. Contributing to the accident was the instructor pilot's decision to attempt a return to the departure airport with degraded engine performance.


FAA register: 2.

Revision history:

21-May-2009 08:40 slowkid Added
21-Apr-2010 03:39 Miller2555 Updated [Source, Plane category, ]
02-Apr-2012 10:35 Masen63 Updated [Time, Source, Plane category, ]
04-Mar-2015 23:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 14:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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