NTSB Identification: FTW85LA289.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29034.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 17, 1985 in GATESVILLE, TX
Aircraft: BELLANCA 14-19-3, registration: N7620E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE AFTER EXECUTING AN EMERGENCY LANDING FOLLOWING AN INFLIGHT FIRE AND ENG FAILURE. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF THE PLT SMELLED ELECTRICAL INSULATION OVERHEATING AND NOTICED A DECREASE IN FUEL PRESSURE. FIRE BROKE OUT ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ENG COWL. THE ACFT WAS LANDED HARD DUE TO RESTRICTED VISIBIITY FROM SMOKE ENTERING THE COCKPIT. SUSPECT THAT THE SEAL ON THE ENG MOUNTED FUEL PUMP FAILED ALLOWING FUEL TO LEAK FROM THE PUMP HOUSING FIRE DAMAGE TO THE PUMP PRECLUDED EXACT IDENTIFICATION OF THE FAILURE MODE.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,PUMP..LEAK

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..SHORTED


Contributing Factors

FLARE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ACFT/EQUIP,INAD COCKPIT/WORKPLACE,FUMES/SMOKE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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