NTSB Identification: MIA88FA234.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36663.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 24, 1988 in DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/21/1989
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N28140
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT DEPARTED SPRUCE CREEK ARPT AND APRX 2 MINUTES LATER LOST POWER AND CRASHED INTO TREES JUST WEST OF THE VOLUSIA COUNTY LANDFILL APRX 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE DAYTONA BEACH REGIONAL ARPT. POSTCRASH EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THE DRAIN LINE ON AN OIL SEPARATOR KIT RECENTLY INSTALLED WAS ADAPTED INADVERTANTLY TO A PRESSURE PORT ON THE ENGINE CASE INSTEAD OF A SUCTION PORT. THIS DIVERTED THE ENGINE OIL OVERBOARD THROUGH THE OIL SEPARATOR VENT TUBE, STARVING THE ENGINE OF OIL. THE ENGINE SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE WITH EVIDENCE OF SEIZURE.

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

LUBRICATING SYSTEM,OIL LINE..INCORRECT

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

MAINTENANCE,MODIFICATION..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

FLUID,OIL..LOSS,TOTAL



Contributing Factors

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..SEIZED

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