NTSB Identification: FTW87FA100.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33435.
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 21, 1987 in CAMERON, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1988
Aircraft: BEECH D55, registration: N413S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 LEFT ENGINE LOST POWER AT ROTATION BUT, DUE TO THE SHORT RUNWAY (2500-SOD), THE PILOT ELECTED TO CONTINUE THE TAKEOFF. HE SWITCHED THE LEFT FUEL SELECTOR, PLACED THE BOOST PUMP SWITCH IN THE 'HIGH' POSITION AND RETRACTED THE LANDING GEAR AND FLAPS BUT DID NOT FEATHER THE LEFT PROPELLER. THE AIRSPEED DETERIORATED TO ABOUT 85 MPH. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO LAND ON A SMALL PERPENDICULAR ORIENTED ROADWAY BUT WAS TOO LOW AND SLOW FOR LANDING ALIGNMENT. HE THEREFORE REDUCED POWER ON THE RIGHT ENGINE AND LANDED IN THE MARSH. POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATIOIN REVEALED THE LEFT MAIN FUEL STRAINER BOWL WAS LOOSE ENOUGH TO ALLOW INTRODUCTION ON AIR INTO THE FUEL SYSTEM.

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

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

FUEL SYSTEM,STRAINER..LOOSE


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

AIRSPEED(VYSE)..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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