The private pilot was conducting a personal flight near Hartford, Conn., in a Cessna 182. He reported that, while the airplane was climbing after takeoff, he noticed the engine began running roughly, and it then lost power.
He attempted to regain full power by using the carburetor heat, but was unsuccessful, so he decided to conduct a forced landing, during which the airplane hit a chain link fence.
Post-accident examination of the engine and airplane revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation, and fuel was found in the fuel system.
Although weather conditions at the time of the accident were conducive to the accumulation of carburetor icing during cruise flight, the airplane was operating at takeoff power at the time of the power loss.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the partial loss of engine power during climb after takeoff for a reasons that could not be determined because post-accident engine examination revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures.
NTSB Identification: ERA15LA063
This November 2014 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.