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Utah Plane Crash Captured on Cell Phone by Passenger

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I was up for a birthday flight with my wife (her first flight ever), her mother and my seven month old boy when we received the shocking news that our carburator had iced over. After gliding over some field we found an ideal place to land the plane. The pilot was experienced in field landings but unfortunately the snow caused the landing gear to sever from the plane, flipping the plane front to back and smashing the tail before it came to a rest upside down. No one was hurt in the accident save for bruises, whiplash and minor cuts - February 2, 2013.

From the NTSB report:

On February 2, 2013, about 1350 mountain standard time, a Cessna 175B, N8125T, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Wellsville, Utah. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot and his four passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The local flight originated from Logan, Utah, at 1300.

In a written statement to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), the pilot reported that while climbing through about 8,500 feet mean sea level (msl), he observed the engine RPM suddenly reduce and immediately applied carburetor heat. The pilot stated that the engine RPM increased for about 3 seconds before it decreased again. The pilot began troubleshooting the engine and performing the emergency landing checklist. The pilot stated that when he turned the ignition switch off and back on, the engine back fired once, however, the engine RPM remained at 1,000. The pilot initiated a forced landing to an open snow covered field. During the landing roll, the airplane nosed over.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the fuselage, vertical stabilizer, and rudder were structurally damaged. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Examination of the recovered airframe by the NTSB IIC and an FAA inspector revealed that both wings remained attached to the fuselage and contained fuel in both wing fuel tanks. Control continuity was established from the carburetor heat, throttle, and mixture controls to their respective linkages on the engine and air box.

Examination of the recovered Lycoming O-360-A1D engine, serial number L-7542-36, revealed that it remained attached to the fuselage via its mounts. The engine mount structure was displaced downward. All engine accessories remained attached to the engine. The top spark plugs, carburetor, and propeller were removed from the engine and the magneto "P" leads were disconnected from the left and right magnetos. The crankshaft was rotated by hand and mechanical continuity was established throughout the engine and valve train. Thumb compression was obtained on all six cylinders. Both the left and right magnetos produced a blue colored spark on all ignition leads when the crankshaft was rotated.

The carburetor throttle and mixture levers moved from stop to stop by hand. When the throttle control arm was moved, the accelerator pump functioned and expelled liquid. The fuel inlet screen contained a slight amount of debris, however, was mostly unobstructed. The carburetor was disassembled and examined internally. Both metal floats were intact and undamaged. The carburetor float bowl contained a liquid consistent with fuel. The liquid was tested with water finding paste with positive results.

Examination of the recovered airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Weather conditions recorded at the Logan-Cache Airport, located about 9 miles northeast of the accident site, at 1351, were wind calm, visibility 7 statute miles, clear sky, temperature 25 degrees Fahrenheit, dew point 19 degrees Fahrenheit, and an altimeter setting of 30.46 inches of mercury. According to the Federal Aviation Administration Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin, entitled Carburetor Icing Prevention, the temperature and dew point were conducive to the formation of icing at glide and cruise power.

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