NTSB Identification: SEA85FA084.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27748.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 07, 1985 in YAMHILL, OR
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-31A, registration: N9705E
Injuries: 2 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.

WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT APCH THE AIRSTRIP WITH EXCESSIVE SPEED. TOUCHDOWN ON THE RWY WAS BEYOND THE HALFWAY POINT & THE ACFT BOUNCED BACK INTO THE AIR. POWER WAS APPLIED FOR AN APPARENT GO-AROUND. THE ACFT CLEARED TALL TREES AT THE END OF THE RUNWAY, BUT CONTINUED TO MAINTAIN A NOSE-HIGH ATTITUDE, 'SHAKING AND YAWING.' THE ACFT THEN FELL OFF ON THE LEFT WING & ROLLED 180 DEGREES TO A VERTICAL ATTITUDE BEFORE GROUND IMPACT. A POST-IMPACT FIRE IMMEDIATELY ENSUED, TOTALLY CONSUMING THE WOOD & FABRIC COMPONENTS OF THE ACFT. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE ELEVATOR TRIM TAB WAS IN THE FULL NOSE-UP POSITION. BELLANCA PERSONNEL REPORTED THAT WITH THE ELEVATOR TRIM IN THAT POSITION & WITH FULL POWER APPLIED, CONTROL FORCES TO REDUCE THE PITCH WOULD BE VERY HIGH & WOULD PROBABLY REQUIRE BOTH HANDS.

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

AIRSPEED(VS)..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

PLANNED APPROACH..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


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DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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ELEVATOR TRIM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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AIRSPEED..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..NOT ATTAINED


Contributing Factors

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


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