NTSB Identification: FTW82FA109
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 30, 1982 in DULCE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1983
Aircraft: BEECH B35, registration: N5237C
Injuries: 2 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.

APPROXIMATELY 30 MIN AFTER DEPARTURE THE ACFT RETURNED TO THE ARPT TRAILING SMOKE & OCCASSIONAL FLAME FROM AN AREA NEAR THE COWL FLAPS & NOSE GEAR DOORS. THE PLT DID NOT MAKE A STRAIGHT IN APPROACH BUT APPEARED TO BE IN A NORMAL TRAFFIC PATTERN. THE ACFT STALLED WHERE A LEFT BASE LEG TURN WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE. THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF HEAT & SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT. INSIDE PORTIONS OF THE BROKEN WINDSHIELD WERE SOOTED. THE UNDERSIDE OF THE EMPENNAGE WAS COVERED WITH FRESH OIL OVER ITS ENTIRE LENGTH. OIL STAINS & FRESH OIL LEAKAGE SIGNATURES WERE PRESENT ON THE OIL DRAIN HOUSING ATTACHED TO THEACCESSORY CASE. THE REAR CLAMP WAS LOOSE ON THE P/N 24827 HOSE WHICHCOUPLES THIS HOUSING TO THE INTAKE & OIL DRAIN MANIFOLD. THE ACFT WAS EXTENSIVELY MODIFIED BY THE OWNER BETWEEN 10/79 & THE DATE OF THE ACCIDENT. NO FAA FORM 337 (MAJOR REPAIR & ALTERATION) HAD BEEN FILED SINCE 5/14/75 EVEN THOUGH A LARGE ENGINE & NUMEROUS MODIFICATIONS TO THE ACFT HAD BEEN ACCOMPLISHED BY THE OWNER.

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

LUBRICATING SYSTEM,OIL HOSE..LOOSE

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

LUBRICATING SYSTEM,OIL HOSE..LEAK

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

MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..FIRE


Contributing Factors

FUSELAGE,CREW COMPARTMENT..FIRE


Contributing Factors

FUSELAGE,CREW COMPARTMENT..SMOKE

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