NTSB Identification: DEN90LA077.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41626.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 21, 1990 in DELTA, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/15/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 182J, registration: N3372F
Injuries: 1 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 WAS BACK TAXING FOR TAKEOFF AND DISCOVERED AN ENGINE FIRE. HE CALLED ON UNICOM THAT THE PLANE WAS ON FIRE. HE EXITED AND WAS MET BY TWO MEN WITH FIRE EXTINGUISHERS. THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED AND THE PLANE WAS TOWED OFF THE RUNWAY. A POSTACCIDENT INSPECTION PROVIDED EVIDENCE THAT A FLEXIBLE FUEL LINE HAD DETERIORATED AND BEGAN TO LEAK ONTO THE EXHAUST MUFFLER, IGNITING A FIRE WHICH DAMAGED MOST OF THE ELECTRICAL WIRING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ENGINE, SEVERAL ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS AND CAUSED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE FIREWALL. THE LOG BOOK PROVIDED NO EVIDENCE OF RECENT WORK IN THIS AREA, AND SHOWED 71 FLIGHT HOURS SINCE THE LAST INSPECTION.

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

A DETERIORATED FUEL LINE.

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