NTSB Identification: LAX96LA233.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 15, 1996 in GOODYEAR, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/1997
Aircraft: Van Horn VELOCITY, registration: N444BG
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While cruising at 4,000 feet during a personal flight, the pilot reported to the air traffic controller that he was about 10 miles from the airport, was experiencing an engine problem, and was declaring an emergency. About 1 minute later, he stated that he had a 'fire on board.' The pilot made a forced landing about 2 miles from the airport. During the landing, the airplane collided with a pole, then was destroyed by fire. Examination of the wreckage by an FAA inspector revealed that the fire had been concentrated in the firewall area. Fuel and oil lines were found loose, and the fire left traces of both fuel and oil involvement. No specific point of origin was determined. Investigation also revealed that the engine had been modified from its original factory design.

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

an engine compartment fire, which originated in flight from loose fuel and/or oil lines near the engine's firewall.

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