NTSB Identification: NYC95LA159.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 16, 1995 in POTTSVILLE, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/25/1996
Aircraft: Beech E35, registration: N456F
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.
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After departure, at approximately 100-200 feet above the ground, the engine lost power. The airplane descended and struck trees approximately 1000 yards from the departure end of the runway. Examination of the wreckage revealed that there was fuel in the fuel tanks. No oil leaks or obvious discrepancies were observed. An examination of the engine revealed a blockage in the fuel line from the firewall to the inlet side of the engine-driven fuel pump. The blockage appeared to be rubber shavings from the inside of the fuel hose, caused by improper installation of the fittings on the end of the hose. The pilot/owner had installed the fittings.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: improper installation of a fuel line fitting by the pilot/owner which resulted in fuel blockage and subsequent loss of engine power due to fuel starvation. Full narrative available
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