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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 7800|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : zzz.tracon|
artcc : zzz.artcc
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee/Archer II/Dakota/Pillan/Warrior|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 80|
flight time total : 7900
flight time type : 2000
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : diverted to another airport|
On approach into ZZZ; aircraft experienced carburetor icing. Carburetor did not clear. A soft field landing was made. There was no damage to the aircraft and passenger were unharmed. All information was transmitted on approach and on guard 121.5. Police located aircraft within the hour. County sheriffs arrived shortly thereafter. The aircraft was secured; the battery disconnected and ELT checked off. There was no visible moisture present at the time. ATIS reported wind at 240 degrees 13 KTS; visibility 10 mi; sky clear below 12000 ft; T 4 degrees; altimeter 29.68. Application of carburetor heat did not clear the icing. Upon landing; the engine was restarted to supply emergency lighting; heat; and radio transmission to relay information until cell phones could be used. During my initial descent; carburetor heat was used. At leveloff at pattern altitude; I closed the heat. When the icing occurred it would not clear. In the future I will use it in these conditions to prevent icing. Several airline crews assisted with relaying information and providing helpful suggestions to ensure the safety of my family.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PA28 PLT EXPERIENCES ENGINE FAILURE DUE TO CARBURETOR ICING AND EXECUTES AN UNEVENTFUL OFF FIELD LANDING.
Narrative: ON APCH INTO ZZZ; ACFT EXPERIENCED CARB ICING. CARB DID NOT CLR. A SOFT FIELD LNDG WAS MADE. THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO THE ACFT AND PAX WERE UNHARMED. ALL INFO WAS XMITTED ON APCH AND ON GUARD 121.5. POLICE LOCATED ACFT WITHIN THE HR. COUNTY SHERIFFS ARRIVED SHORTLY THEREAFTER. THE ACFT WAS SECURED; THE BATTERY DISCONNECTED AND ELT CHKED OFF. THERE WAS NO VISIBLE MOISTURE PRESENT AT THE TIME. ATIS RPTED WIND AT 240 DEGS 13 KTS; VISIBILITY 10 MI; SKY CLR BELOW 12000 FT; T 4 DEGS; ALTIMETER 29.68. APPLICATION OF CARB HEAT DID NOT CLR THE ICING. UPON LNDG; THE ENG WAS RESTARTED TO SUPPLY EMER LIGHTING; HEAT; AND RADIO XMISSION TO RELAY INFO UNTIL CELL PHONES COULD BE USED. DURING MY INITIAL DSCNT; CARB HEAT WAS USED. AT LEVELOFF AT PATTERN ALT; I CLOSED THE HEAT. WHEN THE ICING OCCURRED IT WOULD NOT CLR. IN THE FUTURE I WILL USE IT IN THESE CONDITIONS TO PREVENT ICING. SEVERAL AIRLINE CREWS ASSISTED WITH RELAYING INFO AND PROVIDING HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF MY FAMILY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.