Date & Time: May 31, 1964 at 1150 LT
Type of aircraft:
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
Shortly after takeoff from Memphis Airport, the pilot reported engine problems and elected to return for a safe landing. Unable to maintain control of the airplane, he attempted an emergency landing in an open field. The aircraft slid for several yards before coming to rest. Both occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Improper operation of the anti/de-icing equipment caused conditions conducive to carburetor/induction system icing. The non-instrument rated pilot attempted operation in below VFR minimum conditions.