NTSB Identification: SEA86FA239.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32757.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 04, 1986 in AUBURN, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-C, registration: N99313
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 REPORTED HE WAS CLIMBING AFTER A TOUCH AND GO, DURING THE CLIMB THE 'BLOWN FUSE' LIGHT CAME ON FOR THE GENERATOR. AFTER REPLACING THE FUSE SPARKS STARTED COMING FROM BEHIND THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. SMOKE FILLED THE COCKPIT AS THE PLT TRIED TO SMOTHER THE FLAMES. A 180 DEGREE TURN WAS INITIATED FOR A RETURN TO AUBURN. A SUCCESSFUL EMERGENCY LANDING WAS MADE. THE PLT EXITED THE ACFT AND RAN TO A TELEPHONE TO CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WHO GOT THERE IN ABOUT 15 MINUTES. SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED THE FIRE STARTED NEAR THE AMMETER FUSE CASE.

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

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,AMMETER..SHORTED

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

MAINTENANCE,REPLACEMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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