NTSB Identification: NYC83FA207.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23857.
Accident occurred Friday, August 12, 1983 in SCRANTON, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA 310Q, registration: N69JM
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.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF THE ACFT WS OBSERVED ON RADAR MAKING A LEFT 360 DEG TURN. THE PLT DID NOT RESPOND TO A CALL FROM THE CONTROLLER. A WITNESS HEARD THE PLANE 'SPUTTERING' & OBSERVED IT IN ERRATIC MANEUVERS PRIOR TO IT HITTING A HOUSE. POST EXAM REVEALED THAT THE LEFT ENG'S LEFT MAGNETO DID NOT PRODUCE ANY SPARK DURING IT'S FUNCTIONAL CHECK. UPON DIS- ASSEMBLY THE CONDENSER WIRE SHIELDING WAS FOUND PARTIALLY CUT & HAD SHORTED ON THE MAGNETO DRIVE. THIS WAS DETERMINED TOHAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF IMPROPER ROUTING THAT EXPOSED THE WIRE TO THE MAGNETO DRIVE. THE ACFT & ENGS HAD AN ANNUAL INSPECTION COMPLETED 8/10/83.

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..IMPROPER

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MAINTENANCE..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..SHORTED

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..FAILURE,TOTAL

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