NTSB Identification: SEA85LYE02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28747.
Accident occurred Monday, June 17, 1985 in PASCO, WA
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 600S-20, registration: N1795S
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.

THIS AERO COMMANDER 600S-20 DEPARTED ON AN AERIAL APPLICATION FLIGHT. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF THE PILOT NOTICED FLAMES COMING FROM THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT, EXPERIENCED A POWER LOSS AND MADE A FORCED LANDING IN SAND DUNES, SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGING THE AIRCRAFT. INSPECTION OF THE AIRCRAFT REVEALED THAT THE MAIN STARTER RELAY HAD NOT RELEASED AND WAS THE SOURCE OF THE FIRE.

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

ENGINE ACCESSORIES,ENGINE STARTER..ENGAGED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE

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