NTSB Identification: NYC85LA199.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28125.
Accident occurred Monday, July 29, 1985 in LAWRENCE, MA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N32741
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER REFUELING THE ACFT, THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO START THE ENG WITH THE THROTTLE FULL OPEN AND THE MIXTURE AT IDLE CUT OFF. THE INSTRUCTOR THOUGHT THE ENG WAS VAPOR LOCKED AND WAS GOING TO DRAIN THE GASCOLATOR WHEN HE NOTICED A FIRE IN THE CARBURETOR AIRBOX. THE INSTRUCTOR ATTEMPTED TO PUT OUT THE FIRE BY CRANKING THE ENG WITH THE FUEL OFF. A PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER WAS THEN USED BY THE INSTRUCTOR. THE FIRE DID NOT SPREAD BUT WAS NOT EXTINGUISHED DUE TO THE LOCATION. WHEN THE EXTINGUISHER WAS EXHAUSTED, THE FIRE SPREAD TO THE ACFT INTERIOR. THE NORTH ANDOVER FIRE DEPT ARRIVED AND EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. LAWRENCE MUNICIPAL ARPT DID NOT HAVE FIRE QUIPMENT AVAILABLE.

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

STARTING PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..FIRE

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