NTSB Identification: BFO96LA014.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 22, 1995 in SHADY SIDE, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/1996
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N5744Q
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that the airplane was in cruise flight at 1,400 feet MSL when the engine lost partial power. All attempts to regain engine power were unsuccessful. During the forced landing to a field the airplane collided with trees. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunction. The left fuel tank was found empty, and the right fuel tank was half full. The engine operated satisfactorily during a test run; however, it was noted that fuel was leaking from the fuel line between the engine driven fuel pump and the fuel injector. Further examination of the fuel line revealed it was brittle.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the partial loss of engine power due to a leaking fuel line.

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