NTSB Identification: CHI96LA241.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 12, 1996 in PARKER, SD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 150, registration: N50104
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.

The pilot reported that he had landed about 30 minutes prior to the accident. When he attempted to start the engine before the next planned flight, it 'turned over but wouldn't start.' He pumped the throttle three times. He said he engaged the starter, the engine 'popped through the carb,' and fire ignited in the engine compartment. The pilot and passenger egressed the airplane uneventfully. The emergency procedure published in the pilot's operating handbook (for engine fire during start on ground), specified 'cranking-continue, to get start which would suck the flames and accumulated fuel through the carburetor and into the engine.'

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

engine compartment fire from accumulated fuel in the carburetor, and failure of the pilot to follow the emergency checklist procedure.

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