NTSB Identification: CEN16LA078
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 03, 2016 in Ingleside, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 170B, registration: N3035A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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On January 3, 2016, at 1440 central standard time, a Cessna 170B, N3035A, impacted terrain following a loss of engine power during takeoff from the McCampbell-Porter Airport (TFP), Ingleside, Texas. The two private pilots were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.
According to the pilot, the engine cylinders had been replaced approximately 2 flight hours prior to the accident flight. The purpose of the flight was to continue the cylinder break-in period after the cylinder replacement. After engine start, the pilot taxied the airplane to the runway for takeoff. No anomalies were noted during the engine start or engine run-up. Approximately 200 feet above ground level after takeoff, the engine lost partial power. The engine briefly regained some power, then lost power again. The pilot executed a forced landing in mesquite tree covered terrain. During the forced landing, the airplane impacted terrain and mesquite trees. The pilot stated he believed the engine lost power due to carburetor ice.
At 1535, the TFP automated weather observing system (AWOS), reported the wind from 310 degrees at 5 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky overcast at 4,800 feet, temperature 9 degrees Celsius, dew point 5 degrees Celsius, and altimeter setting of 30.24 inches of mercury.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17