NTSB Identification: FTW87FA197.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35011.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 12, 1987 in MEXIA, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R, registration: N8159S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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.

THE PLT NOTICED SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT & STARTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LNDG AT MEXIA, TX, WHICH WAS NEARBY. HOWEVER, DRG THE DSCNT TO LND, THE SMOKE DISSIPATED, SO HE ELECTED TO CONT TO THE DESTN. DRG THE CLIMB BACK TO ALT, SMOKE REAPPEARED & WAS FOLLOWED BY LOSS OF ENG POWER. THE PLT THEN TRIED TO MAKE A FORCED LNDG AT MEXIA; HOWEVER, THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT ALT TO REACH THE ARPT. WHILE LNDG ABOUT 1 MI FROM THE ARPT, THE ACFT ROLLED THRU A BARBED WIRE FENCE & WAS DAMAGED. AN EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED A RETAINING NUT WAS MISSING FROM A CLAMP NEAR 2 MATING SURFACES OF THE EXHAUSTSYS NEAR THE #6 CYLINDER. SUBSEQUENTLY, GASES FROM THE EXHAUST SYS BURNED THRU A VACUUM HOSE & EXTENSIVELY BURNED A NUMBER OF WIRES IN THE IGNITION SYS. THE ACFT HAD BEEN FLOWN 176 HRS SINCE THE LAST ENG & AIRFRAME INSPN.

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

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM,CLAMP..LOOSE

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM..LEAK

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

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..DISCONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,IGNITION HARNESS..BURNED


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,100-HOUR INSPECTION..NOT PERFORMED..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT



Contributing Factors

FUSELAGE,CABIN..SMOKE




Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE

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