NTSB Identification: NYC84FA180.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26998.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 22, 1984 in TAUNTON, MA
Aircraft: BEECH D-45, registration: N812Z
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

N812Z CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA ABOUT ONE MILE SOUTHEAST OF THE TAUNTON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. WITNESSES IN THE AREA OBSERVED THE ACFT PRIOR TO THE CRASH. ONE WITNESS SAW WHAT APPEARED TO BE YELLOW SMOKE COMING FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE ACFT. SOME OF THE WITNESSES HEARD THE ACFT ENG STOP RUNNING AND THEN START ONE OR MORE TIMES PRIOR TO THE ACFT DESCENDING RAPIDLY AND SPINNING BEFORE THE SOUND OF THE IMPACT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE PLT WAS INBOUND TO THE AIRPORT FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAKING HIS COMMERCIAL CHECK RIDE. A POSTMORTEM EXAMINATION OF THE PLT DID NOT REVEAL ANY PRE-EXISTING DISEASE THAT WOULD HAVE AFFECTED THE PLT'S PERFORMANCE. EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THE FUEL CONTROL INLET LINE 'B' NUT WAS LOOSE ABOUT 1.5 TURNS FROM FINGER TIGHT. A TEST ON A SIMILIAR UNIT USING SAME SIZE FITTINGS SHOWED A LEAKAGE RATE OF 67 G/HR AT INLET PRESSURE OF 21 PSIG.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,FUEL CONTROL..LOOSE

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MAINTENANCE,ANNUAL INSPECTION..INADEQUATE

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