NTSB Identification: LAX85LA296.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30811.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, June 27, 1985 in AJO, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-236, registration: N8253C
Injuries: 3 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.

WHILE ATTEMPTING TO START THE ENGINE FOR A PLANNED AIR TAXI FLIGHT UNDER CONDITIONS INCLUDING AN OUTSIDE AIR TEMP OF 118 DEGS F, A FIRE ERUPTED IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. THE OCCUPANTS SAFETY EVACUATED THE ACFT & HAD TO WALK 1/4 OF A MILE TO OBTAIN ASSISTANCE. 15 MIN LATER FIRE TRUCKS FROM THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. ARRIVED ON SCENE & EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. THE ACFT WAS VIRTUALLY COMSUMED BY THE FIRE, & THE FUEL FED FIRE'S POINT OF ORIGIN IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT WAS NOT ASCERTAINED.

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

FLUID,FUEL..LEAK

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