NTSB Identification: MIA88LA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35716.
Accident occurred Monday, November 16, 1987 in PLACIDA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1989
Aircraft: MANDLEY STEEN SKYBOLT, registration: N44JM
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.

WHEN ATTEMPTING TO START THE ENG THE PLT HEARD IT BACKFIRE & THEN OBSERVED SMOKE COMING FROM UNDER THE ENG COWLING. HE THEN IMMEDIATELY EXITED THE ACFT & LEFT THE SCENE TO SUMMON THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE LATER RETURNED TO FIND THE AIRCRAFT CONSUMED BY FIRE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT EQUIPPED WITH A FIRE EXTINGUISHER, AND NO FIRE GUARD WAS POSTED OUTSIDE THE ACFT DURING THE ENG START. IT IS CONSIDERED GOOD GENERAL PRACTICE TO CONTINUE MOTORING THE ENG AFTER A BACKFIRE TO BLOW EXISTING FIRE OUT OF THE ENG AREA THROUGH THE EXHAUST SYSTEM.

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

FIRE EXTINGUISHING EQUIPMENT..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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