NTSB Identification: MIA92IA075.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45795.
Incident occurred Saturday, February 01, 1992 in DESTIN, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N7909W
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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

THE PLT STARTED THE ENG & LEFT THE AUX FUEL BOOST PUMP ON. WHILE TAXIING TO TAKE OFF, THE ENG QUIT. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO START THE ENG BUT OBSERVED FLAMES FROM THE FRONT OF THE ENG COWLING. THE PLT & PAX EXITED THE ACFT BUT THE PLT LEFT THE MASTER & AUXILIARY FUEL BOOST PUMP SWITCHES ON, WHICH CONTINUED TO FEED FUEL TO THE FIRE. THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED AFTER THE MASTER SWITCH WAS TURNED OFF & CHEMICAL APPLIED TO THE FIRE. ACCORDING TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO EXAMINED THE ACFT, IN HIS OPINION, THE PLT FLOODED THE ENG WHILE ATTEMPTING TO RESTART IT, & DUE TO THE EXCESS FUEL, THE ENG BACKFIRED & THE EXCESS FUEL CAUGHT FIRE.

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

IMPROPER PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES BY THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND WHILE ATTEMPTING TO RESTART THE ENGINE, RESULTING IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE.

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