NTSB Identification: CHI94LA068.
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Accident occurred Saturday, January 22, 1994 in NEWBERRY, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32RT-300T, registration: N39505
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, WHILE IN A CLIMB TO ASSIGNED ALTITUDE, THE PROPELLER BEGAN TO OVERSPEED. THE PILOT ELECTED TO RETURN TO THE AIRPORT HE HAD JUST DEPARTED. SMOKE BEGAN TO FILL THE COCKPIT, AND THE ENGINE STOPPED. THE PILOT MADE A FORCED LANDING IN A WOODED AREA. THE AIRPLANE WAS CONSUMED BY FIRE AFTER THE LANDING. THE INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT THERE WAS AN INTENSE FIRE IN THE ENGINE ACCESSORY SECTION NEAR THE TURBOCHARGER. THE OIL AND OIL FILTER HAD BEEN CHANGED THREE DAYS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. THE ONLY FLIGHT THE AIRPLANE HAD MADE SINCE THE OIL CHANGE WAS A 2 HOUR FLIGHT THE MORNING OF THE ACCIDENT. THE OIL FILTER IS LOCATED ON THE ACCESSORY CASE NEAR THE TURBOCHARGER.

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

an engine fire which started as the result of an oil leak around the engine oil filter.

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