NTSB Identification: FTW85LA329.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30530.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 21, 1985 in COUSHATTA, LA
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N4026B
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.

ACFT EXPERIENCED A COMPLETE ENGINE FAILURE SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF WHILE AT AN ALTITUDE OF APPROX 500' AGL. IT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED WHEN IT RAN THRU 2 FENCES DURING THE ENSUING FORCED LANDING. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE ENG FUEL PUMP EJECTOR NOZZLE HAD AN 80% BLOCKAGE FROM FOREIGN MATERIAL THAT APPEARED TO BE RUST. RESTRICTION WOULD CAUSE THE PUMP TO OVER-PRESSURIZE AND CAVITATE.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,PUMP..CONTAMINATION

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

OBJECT..FENCE

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

FUEL SYSTEM,NOZZLE..BLOCKED(PARTIAL)

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

FUEL SYSTEM,NOZZLE..FOREIGN OBJECT

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