NTSB Identification: DEN87LA138.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33603.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 30, 1987 in MONTICELLO, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N7744P
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 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 PLT STATED AFTER THE ACCIDENT THAT SHORTLY AFTER DEPARTURE THE PAX SMELLED SOMETHING BURNING. THE PLT CIRCLED THE ARPT AND DETERMINED THE FLT COULD CONTINUE. A SHORT TIME LATER THE BURNING SMELL RETURNED FOLLOWED BY A LOSS OF FUEL PRESSURE. THE PLT EXECUTED AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN AN OPEN FIELD AND THE ACFT SUSTAINED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. THE POST CRASH EXAMINATION OF THE ENG REVEALED THE FUEL PRESSURE LINE BETWEEN THE CARBURETOR AND THE FIREWALL WAS IN A STATE OF DETERIORATION AND HAD SEVERAL HOLES IN IT. THE AREA OF DETERIORATION OCCURRED TO A PORTION OF THE LINE THAT IS EXPOSED TO HEAT FROM THE EXHAUST SYSTEM.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,LINE..DETERIORATED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,ANNUAL INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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