NTSB Identification: DEN84LA238.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25189.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 25, 1984 in SELZ, ND
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8GCBC, registration: N88176
Injuries: 1 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 PLT SMELLED AND SAW SMOKE FROM THE ENGINE WHICH BEGAN TO LOSE POWER. AN EMERGENCY LANDING WAS MADE ON A NARROW DIRT ROAD. AFTER STOPPING THE PLT EGRESSED AND RAN. HE SAID THAT ABOUT 2 MINUTES LATER THE FUEL TANKS BLEW. POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION INDICATED THAT THE HOTTEST PART OF THE FIRE WAS IN THE ALTERNATOR. IT APPEARED TO TORCH AND IGNITE FUEL LINES. THE PLT DID NOT MENTION CUTTING OFF THE FUEL OR IGNITION AT ANY TIME DURING THE EMERGENCY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ALTERNATOR..UNDETERMINED
EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
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