NTSB Identification: BFO89FA059.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40498.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 19, 1989 in GLEN BURNIE, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/10/1990
Aircraft: BEECH E18S, registration: N138JR
Injuries: 2 Fatal,5 Minor.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
SHORTLY AFTER DEPARTING FROM RUNWAY 15L AT THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON INTL ARPT, THE PLT TRANSMITTED THAT HE HAD AN EMERGENCY CONSISTING OF A FIRE UNDER HIS SIDE PANEL. HE RPRTD HE WAS GOING TO CIRCLE & LAND. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, FLAMES & SMOKE WERE IN THE COCKPIT AREA. THE ACFT STARTED A GRADUAL DESCENT DURING A LEFT TURN. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT CRASHED INTO A HOUSE. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE DID NOT REVEAL THE ORIGIN OF THE FIRE; HOWEVER, A CB RADIO WAS FOUND WITH EVIDENCE THAT IT MAY HAVE BEEN WIRED TO THE ACFT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. THE OWNERS STATED THAT THE CB WAS NOT INSTALLEDIN THE ACFT PRIOR TO THE PLT'S USE OF THE PLANE ON THAT FLT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A FIRE THAT ERUPTED IN THE COCKPIT OF THE AIRCRAFT (UNDER A SIDE PANEL). RELATED FACTORS WERE: SMOKE AND FUMES IN THE COCKPIT WHICH REDUCED THE PILOT'S VISUAL PERCEPTION AND ABILITY TO SEE.
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