NTSB Identification: CHI85LA307.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28958.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 21, 1985 in SHEBOYGAN, WI
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30, registration: N7315V
Injuries: 4 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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A DITCH DURING A FORCED LANDING FOLLOWING A LOSS OF POWER IN CRUISE FLT. THE PLT REPORTED HE SWITCHED THE FUEL SELECTOR FROM THE LEFT TO THE RIGHT TANK, & AFTER APRX 3 MINUTES, A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER WAS EXPERIENCED. HE STATED THAT REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO RESTART THE ENGINE WERE FUTILE. HE NOTED THAT AFTER THE POWER LOSS, THE FUEL PRESSURE DROPPED OFF. WHEN HE TURNED ON THE AUX FUEL PUMP, THERE WAS NO FUEL PRESSURE INDICATION. A POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION OF THE ACFT DISCLOSED NO MECHANICAL FAILURE/MALFUNCTION. THE RIGHT MAIN FUEL TANK CONTAINED 6 1/2 INCHES OF FUEL & THE LEFT MAIN TANK CONTAINED 1 1/4 INCHES OF FUEL (MAIN TANKS PLACARDED 19 GAL CAPACITY). BOTH THE LEFT & RIGHT AUX TANKS WERE EMPTY.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

ACFT/EQUIP,INADEQUATE DESIGN..MANUFACTURER

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