NTSB Identification: DEN88LA127.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37055.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 14, 1988 in COTTON CITY, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 182K, registration: N2829R
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 REPORTED THAT HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO START THE CESSNA 182 FOR A CROSS COUNTRY, SOLO, PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION FLIGHT. DURING THE STARTING PROCEDURES, THE ENGINE BACKFIRED AND THE PILOT SMELLED AND SAW SMOKE COMING FROM THE ENGINE COWLING AREA. THE PILOT EXITED THE AIRPLANE AND ATTEMPTED TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE WITH LOOSE DIRT TO NO AVAIL. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED AND ARRIVED WITHIN 15 MINUTES, BUT THE FIRE HAD DESTROYED THE AIRPLANE.

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

STARTING PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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