NTSB Identification: ATL85LA227.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29410.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 30, 1985 in CAMDEN, SC
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N6707V
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.

WHILE THE ACFT WAS FLYING OVER WOODED TERRAIN, THE ENG LOST POWER. THE PLT SAW A PLOWED FIELD APRX 3 MI AWAY & BEGAN AN EMERG APCH TO THE FIELD. THE ACFT STRUCK THE TOPS OF TREES ON FINAL APCH, BUT CONTINUED FLYING UNTIL THE PLT MADE A GEAR UP LANDING. AN EXAM REVEALED THAT THE EXHAUST MUFFLER HAD FAILED AT A WELD WHERE A BALL JOINT WAS CONNECTED. THIS ALLOWED HOT EXHAUST GASES TO ENTER THE ENG COMPARTMENT, BURN THE MAGNETO WIRES & RENDER THE MAGNETOS INOPERATIVE. AN AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE, AD 76-23-03, WHICH REQUIRED AN INSPECTION OF THE EXHAUST SYS EACH 100 HRS, HAD BEEN COMPLIED WITH ON 10/7/83, BUT HAD NOT BEEN PERFORMED DURING THE LAST ANNUAL INSPECTION ON 12/7/84. THE ACFT HAD ACCUMULATED 68 HRS OF FLT TIME SINCE COMPLIANCE WITH AD 76-23-03.

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

OBJECT..TREE(S)



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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