Accident CZAW SportCruiser N742EA, Sunday 5 October 2008
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Date:Sunday 5 October 2008
Time:10:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRUZ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
CZAW SportCruiser
Registration: N742EA
MSN: 08SC117
Total airframe hrs:88 hours
Engine model:Rotax 912 ULS
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Swainsboro, Georgia -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Swainsboro-Emanuel County Airport, GA (KSBO)
Destination airport:Swainsboro-Emanuel County Airport, GA (KSBO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was performing slow flight over his property at 60 knots and 1,000 feet above ground level. He noticed that the airplane was descending and applied full throttle. The engine did not respond as expected, so he looked for a place to land. He did not recall if the engine stopped running. While attempting a forced landing, the airplane collided with trees and terrain in a wooded area. Examination of the airframe did not reveal evidence of a preimpact malfunction or failure. Examination of the propeller at the accident site did not reveal evidence of rotation at impact. The carburetor heat control was found in the closed (cold) position. Following the recovery of the wreckage, the engine was tested on the airframe and attained 3,300 rpms with no misfiring or hesitation. The airplane had accumulated 88 hours since new. Review of a Federal Aviation Administration Carburetor Icing Probability Chart indicated "Serious icing (glide power)" for the reported temperature and dew point conditions.

Probable Cause: A loss of engine power due to carburetor icing as a result of the pilot's failure to use carburetor heat.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA09FA005
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report




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