NTSB Identification: MKC90LA110.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45144.
Accident occurred Monday, May 21, 1990 in GARDNER, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/15/1992
Aircraft: BEECH S35, registration: N5892J
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 REPORTED THAT DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB AFTER TAKEOFF, HE NOTED FIRE COMING FROM THE AREA AROUND HIS FEET, WHICH FILLED THE COCKPIT. HE COVERED HIS FACE WITH HIS ARMS & 'PULLED' THE THROTTLE, MIXTURE OR PROP CONTROL, BUT HE DIDN'T KNOW WHICH. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT CRASHED INTO TREES BESIDE THE RUNWAY. THE PLT SAID HE KICKED OUT A WINDOW, CRAWLED OUT & ROLLED IN THE GRASS TO EXTINGUISH FLAMES ON HIS BODY. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE. A POST-CRASH INSPECTION OF THE AIRCRAFT FAILED TO REVEAL THE ORIGIN OF THE FIRE.

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

AN IN-FLIGHT FIRE OF UNDETERMINED ORIGIN.

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