January 19, 2012, Springfield, Tenn., Cessna 172I Skyhawk


The airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing following loss of engine power at about 1455 Central time. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

While descending through 2100 feet msl for his destination, the pilot configured the airplane for landing by reducing engine power to about 1500 rpm and setting the mixture to full rich. He did not activate carburetor heat. The engine then “suddenly acted as though it were starved for fuel.” The pilot subsequently landed the airplane on the downward slope of a field at around 60 knots. During the rollout, the nose landing gear struck a ditch and the airplane nosed over.



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