NTSB Identification: CHI90DEP05.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42351.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 14, 1990 in BARABOO, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/09/1992
Aircraft: CIRRUS KLAPPMEIER CIRRUS VF-30, registration: N888EK
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

THE AMATEUR BUILT AIRCRAFT WAS BEING FLOWN ON AN EXPERIMENTAL TEST FLIGHT. DURING INITIAL CLIMB A PARTIAL POWER LOSS WAS INDICATED, FOLLOWED BY AN IN-FLIGHT FIRE IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. A FORCED LANDING WAS INITIATED IN A FIELD WHERE THE RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR STRUCK ROUGH TERRAIN AND THE FUEL TANK (WET WING) RUPTURED. SUBSEUQENTLY THE FIRE PROPAGATED TO THE LEAKING FUEL AND CONSUMED TE AIRCRAFT. FUEL INJECTOR LINES WERE OF THE VINYL PLASTIC (AUTOMOTIVE) TYPE AND HAD LEAKED INTO THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT.

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

MANUFACTURER'S INADEQUATE EQUIPMENT DESIGN TO PREVENT A FUEL LEAK WHICH RESULTED IN AN IN-FLIGHT FIRE. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE LACK OF AN UNSUITABLE FORCED LANDING AREA.

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