NTSB Identification: ERA10LA077
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 25, 2009 in Durham, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/16/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 170B, registration: N2758D
Injuries: 2 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.

Shortly after departure the airplane’s engine began to run rough. The pilot attempted unsuccessfully to troubleshoot the problem before initiating a return to the departure airport. During the return, the pilot noticed smoke coming from the right side of the engine that got progressively worse before the engine lost total power. After realizing that he would not be able to make it to the airport, the pilot performed a forced landing in a pasture where the airplane was completely consumed by the postcrash fire with the exception of the tail section. The extensive fire damage to the engine and forward part of the airframe precluded determination of the fire’s ignition source.

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

The total loss of engine power in flight and a fire in the engine compartment for undetermined reasons.

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