NTSB Identification: CHI97LA104.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 15, 1997 in HARRISBURG, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 177, registration: N3322T
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 said that during the initial application of power for takeoff, the engine did not develop full power. He said that he then reduced the power to idle and turned off the runway at which time he became aware of smoke coming from the engine compartment. He and one passenger exited the airplane to find in on fire. The airplane continued to burn until destroyed. A subsequent examination of the engine and airframe failed to reveal the source of the fire or ignition source. There was aviation fuel to support the fire once the airplane started to burn.

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

the loss of engine power followed by an engine fire for reason or reasons undetermined.

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