NTSB Identification: CHI97LA255.
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Accident occurred Monday, August 11, 1997 in SHELBYVILLE, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/07/1998
Aircraft: Taylorcraft L2A, registration: N51372
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was conducting a ferry flight of the airplane since it had not received an annual maintenance inspection since November 15, 1994. Shortly after takeoff, he detected a fuel odor and returned to inspect the airplane. No fuel leaks were detected. Five minutes after the second takeoff, he felt drops of fuel falling from an area near the right wing overhead fuel line. Fuel appeared to be leaking into the cockpit around the fabric patch surrounding the main fuel inlet line. During the base-to-final turn, a large quantity of fuel poured into the cockpit. The pilot made a short field landing and turned off the magnetos and shut off the fuel control handle during landing rollout. He exited the airplane and tried to push the airplane off the runway. The fuel ignited and the airplane was engulfed in flames within seconds. An examination of the fuel system revealed that the right wing fuel tank's fuel line located at the forward inboard area was completely disconnected. The fuel line incorporated a flare type fitting that appeared to have come unscrewed from its receptacle.

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

the inadequate preflight by the pilot and the loose fuel line fitting.

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