NTSB Identification: SEA82FYM08
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 18, 1982 in ORCHARDS, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/1983
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N2127W
Injuries: 2 Serious,2 Minor.

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.

DURING A DESCENT WITH THE CARBURETOR HEAT ON, THE PILOT ADDED POWER 2 TIMES TO VERIFY THE ENGINE PERFORMANCE. NO DIFFICULTY WAS NOTED. HOWEVER, WHEN THE THROTTLE WAS ADVANCED TO LEVEL OFF AT 1800 FT MSL, THE ENGINE SPUTTERED AND LOST POWER. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO RESTART THE ENGINE. DURING A FORCED LANDING, THE PLANE HIT A DITCH AS THE PILOT WAS CROSSING BELOW POWER LINES. IT CONTINUED ACROSS A ROAD AND HIT A FENCE. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED CONTINUITY IN THE ENGINE CONTROLS. THE FUEL LINE FITTINGS ON BOTH WING TANKS SEPARATED FROM IMPACT ALLOWING FUEL TO DRAIN FROM THE AIRCRAFT. NO BLOCKAGE, CONTAMINATION, OR PRE-CRASH DISCREPANCIES WERE FOUND IN THE FUEL SYSTEM. SUBSEQUENTLY, A FUEL SYSTEM WAS IMPROVISED AND THE ENGINE WAS STARTED AND RUN SUCCESSFULLY.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE

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