NTSB Identification: IAD96LA153.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 25, 1996 in PATASKALA, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/29/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 188, registration: N3619J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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While at 500 feet AGL, en route for an aerial application mission, the pilot noticed a slight loss of power and that fuel flow was below normal. He performed emergency procedures, which did not increase the fuel flow. The pilot started a turn, and about 10 seconds later, the engine completely lost power. The pilot discharged his load of seed to extend his glide, and observed that the engine cowling paint start to blister and smoke. The pilot completed a forced landing in an open field, where the airplane continued to burn. Examination of the wreckage revealed a leaking fuel hose in the engine compartment. The hose was stamped with a date denoting the first quarter of 1984 (1Q84). The airplane service manual stated that fluid carrying hoses in the engine compartment should be replaced during engine overhaul or every 5 years, whichever occurred first. The hose was installed 6 years and 7 months before the accident.

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

deterioration and fuel leakage from an engine fuel hose (with a service life that had been exceed, due to inadequate maintenance), which resulted in an engine compartment fire and subsequent damage to the airplane.

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