NTSB Identification: NYC85LA226.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29356.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 27, 1985 in WRIGHTSTOWN, NJ
Aircraft: Smith, Ted Aerostar AEROSTAR 601P, registration: N90342
Injuries: 4 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.

DURING AN ENROUTE CLIMB THE PILOT NOTICED A MANIFOLD PRESSURE LOSS ON THE LEFT ENGINE. OIL PRESSURE AND TEMP GAUGES WENT OFF AND THE LEFT ENGINE WAS SECURED BY THE PIILOT. DURING SHUTDOWN A PASSENGER INFORMED THE PILOT THAT THE LEFT WING WAS TURNING BROWN. PILOT MADE RAPID DESCENT AND EMERGENCY LANDING AT AIR FORCE BASE. INSPECTION REVEALED THAT TAILPIPE HAD BROKEN AND ROTATED OUT OF RELATIVE POSITION ALLOWING HOT EXHAUST GAS TO START FIRE IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT. FIRE WAS PROGRESSING AFT TOWARD MAIN WING SPAR.THERE HAVE BEEN TWELVE SIMILAR OCCURRENCES REPORTED ON THIS TAILPIPE ASSEMBLY TO DATE.

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM,MANIFOLD/PIPE..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM,MANIFOLD/PIPE..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

ACFT/EQUIP,INADEQUATE STANDARD/REQUIREMENT..MANUFACTURER

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