NTSB Identification: FTW85LA156.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28989.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 19, 1985 in JUSTIN, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-150, registration: N2154P
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.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FLT WAS A MULT-ENGINE FLT CHECK GIVEN BY A DESIGNATED EXAMINER TO THE COMMERCIAL PLT. ACCORDING TO THE EXAMINER THE RIGHT ENG, WHICH WAS STILL HOT FROM THE PREVIOUS FLT, WOULD NOT START ON THE FIRST ATTEMPT. AFTER A SUCCESSFUL START OF THE LEFT ENG THE APPLICANT AGAIN TRIED TO START THE RIGHT ENG WHEN SMOKE WAS SEEN COMING FROM BENEATH THE RIGHT NACELLE. COCKPIT EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND EXTINGUISHING EFFORTS BY GROUND PERSONNEL FAILED TO PUT THE FIRE OUT. THE EXAMINER OPENED THE DOOR AND INITIATED EVACUATION OF THE CABIN. BOTH CREWMEMBERS SAFELY ABANDONED THE ACFT WITHOUT SECURING THE LEFT ENG. THE BURNING ACFT TAXIED OUT OF CONTROL INTO A PARKED AG ACFT.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..FIRE

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT UNATTENDED/ENGINE(S) RUNNING..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION..NOT IDENTIFIED



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