NTSB Identification: FTW85LA242.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29092.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 02, 1985 in EL PASO, TX
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N39854
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.

SHORTLY AFTER LIFTOFF, THE PLT FIRST SMELLED, THEN OBSERVED SMOKE COMING INTO THE COCKPIT FROM UNDER THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE ENG QUIT COMPLETELY. THE PLT MADE A FORCED LANDING IN AN OPEN AREA OFF THE RWY. DURING THE LANDING ROLL, THE ACFT STRUCK AN EMBANKMENT & THE LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE MUFFLER ON THE LEFT SIDE, WHICH HAD BEEN OVERHAULED & INSTALLED ON 7/25/83, HAD FAILED NEAR THE OUTLET, ALLOWING HOT EXHAUST GASES TO ENTER THE ENG COMPARTMENT & BURN A WIRE BUNDLE CONTAINING THE MAGNETO WIRING (P-LEADS). A LARGE SECTION WAS MISSING FROM THE REAR HALF OF THE MUFFLER.

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM,MUFFLER..DETERIORATED

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM,MUFFLER..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM..LEAK

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

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ELECTRIC WIRING..BURNED

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT



Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..INADEQUATE

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