NTSB Identification: LAX91LA293.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45489.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 07, 1991 in SHOSHONE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1993
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8KCAB, registration: N29BB
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF THE PILOT SMELLED SMOKE EMANATING FROM THE REAR OF THE AIRCRAFT NEAR THE BATTERY STORAGE AREA. MOMENTS LATER FIRE ERUPTED IN THE LOWER LEFT COCKPIT AREA. BLACK SMOKE FROM THE OIL LINES BEGAN TO FILL THE COCKPIT AND THE FIRE BECAME MORE INTENSE CAUSING SERIOUS BURN INJURIES TO THE PILOT. THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO RETURN TO THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT BUT THE BURNING FIRE PREVENTED HIM FROM MAINTAINING DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. THE BATTERY CABLE SHORTED AND BURNT THROUGH THE OIL AND FUEL PUMP LINES.

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

AN ELECTRICAL SHORT OF THE BATTERY CABLE.

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