Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cessna 172E Skyhawk, Spirit Air Inc., N7748U; accident occurred July 02, 2016 in Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boise FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA133
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 2016 in Salmon, ID
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N7748U
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 2, 2016, about 1100 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 172E, N7748U, made a forced landing and collided with a fence, 10 miles east of Salmon, Idaho. The student pilot receiving instruction and the flight instructor were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight instructor was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The local instructional flight departed from Lemhi County Airport (SMN), Salmon. Visual meteorological (VMC) conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The flight instructor stated that during the flight they had performed private pilot training maneuvers. He further stated that he set the airplane up for simulated engine failure by pulling out the carburetor heat control and decreasing the throttle to 1,200 rpm. The student pilot followed emergency procedures, used the checklist, and prepared to land. After the carburetor heat control was pushed back in and the throttle advanced, there was a sudden loss of power; there was no coughing or hesitation during the power loss. Despite the flight instructor's efforts to restart the engine, he was unsuccessful.

During the landing, the airplane's right horizontal stabilizer collided with a fence, which resulted in substantial damage.

The airplane was transported to a secure location for future examination.

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