NTSB Identification: MIA96LA038.
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Accident occurred Monday, December 11, 1995 in MEMPHIS, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/1996
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 112, registration: N88MS
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT STATED THAT HE REQUESTED A GROUND POWER UNIT (GPU) TO ASSIST WITH THE ENGINE START. THE FBO USED A 28-VOLT, 800-AMP GPU. THE AIRPLANE HAS A 12-VOLT SYSTEM. THE GPU WAS ATTACHED TO THE AIRPLANE, AND AFTER THE BATTERY SWITCH WAS TURNED ON THE BATTERY EXPLODED AND A FIRE ENSUED.

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

THE PILOT'S AND GROUND PERSONNEL'S IMPROPER STARTING PROCEDURE. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WERE THE COMMUNICATIONS BEING NOT UNDERSTOOD AND INADEQUATE TRAINING FOR BOTH THE PILOT AND GROUND PERSONNEL.

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