NTSB Identification: SEA96LA048.
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Accident occurred Friday, November 03, 1995 in SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-161, registration: N30119
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The flight instructor reported that after three unsuccessful attempts to start the engine, he noticed 'steam' or 'smoke' coming from the carbureted engine compartment. He then initiated a fourth engine start cranking the engine for about 15 seconds before stopping and exiting the airplane to inspect the engine. The instructor noticed a small flame in the engine compartment and ordered the student to exit the airplane. A fire extinguisher was not available and the airplane was quickly consumed by the fire. No ignition source could be determined for the fire.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: a carburetor fire. Full narrative available
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