Accident Rutan VariEze N90LH,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133714
 
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Date:Saturday 16 January 1993
Time:11:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic VEZE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Rutan VariEze
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N90LH
MSN: 956
Total airframe hrs:550 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Category:Accident
Location:Portland, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
On January 16, 1993, at 1140 central standard time, a Keller Varieze, N90LH, was destroyed on water impact following a forced landing due to loss of engine power near Portland, Texas. Weather for the 14 CFR Part 91 flight was visual meteorological conditions. The pilot owner was not injured, however, his passenger sustained minor injuries.

During interviews conducted by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the pilot stated that he was maneuvering over Nueces Bay, near Portland, Texas, when he experienced carburetor icing. He further reported that he attempted to correct the problem using published procedures, however, his engine ingested the ice and the engine shut down. The pilot reported he attempted to glide the two miles to the shore line, however, he was unable to reach it. The airplane impacted the water and both occupants were rescued by a fishing vessel. A review of the icing probability chart revealed that the airplane was operating in environmental conditions conducive to serious carburetor icing.
PROBABLE CAUSE:A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO CARBURETOR ICING AND THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN FOR A FORCED LANDING.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001211X11699

Revision history:

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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