Aircraft: Piper Comanche. Injuries: None. Location: McAllen, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: After taking off and climbing to about 1,200 feet, the engine began to run rough and lost power.
The pilot turned back toward the airport, but the plane didn’t have enough altitude to glide to the runway and it came down some 200 feet short of the runway.
The left main and nose landing gears were torn off and the right wing was crushed, and the fuselage was buckled.
According to a FAA carburetor icing chart, conditions were conducive to carburetor icing at the time of the accident.
Probable cause: A loss of engine power due to carburetor icing.
NTSB Identification: CEN13LA118
This December 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.