NTSB Identification: NYC05FA048.
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Accident occurred Saturday, February 05, 2005 in Norwich, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/29/2006
Aircraft: Beech V35B, registration: N35JL
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.

The pilot started the airplane's engine, and allowed it to run on the ground for about 30 minutes prior to takeoff. Several witnesses viewed the airplane as it flew in the airport traffic pattern, and reported that the engine made unusual sounds and was "failing." The airplane descended, contacted a street light and terrain, and then was consumed by a postcrash fire. Examination of the remaining wreckage revealed no mechanical anomalies. The 29-year-old airplane was equipped with its original engine, which had not been overhauled during the airplane's 1,057 hours of operation.

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

A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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