NTSB Identification: MIA88LA033.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35058.
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 10, 1987 in MIAMI, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N5086Y
Injuries: 2 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.

PLT STATED THAT SHORTLY AFTER STARTING THE LEFT ENGINE HE HEARD AN EXPLOSION AND SAW FLAME SPREADING FROM THE ACCESSORY AREA OF THE LEFT ENGINE TOWARD THE LEFT WING TIP AND THE CABIN. HE SHUT DOWN THE ENGINE BY TURNING OFF THE MAGNETOS AND HE AND HIS PASSENGER EXITED THE AIRCRAFT. THE LEFT WING AND CABIN THEN BECAME COMPLETELY ENGULFED IN FLAME. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT AFTER THE ACCIDENT REVEALED EXTENSIVE FIRE DAMAGE IN THE ACCESSORY AREA OF THE LEFT ENGINE AND THE FUEL AND HYDRAULIC LINES IN THIS AREA TO HAVE BEEN BURNED TO ALMOST DESTRUCTION. ADDITIONALLY THE FUEL CAPS IN BOTH WINGS WERE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN WRAPPED WITH RAGS WHICH THE PLT STATED WAS TO PREVENT THEM FROM LEAKING. THE PLT STATED THE LOGBOOKS WERE IN THE AIRCRAFT AND BURNED AND THAT HE COULD NOT REMEMBER WHO DID THE LAST INSPECTION.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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