NTSB Identification: MIA86IA001.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29577.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Incident occurred Friday, October 04, 1985 in JACKSONVILLE, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N8614N
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.
AFTER DEPARTURE FLIGHT EXPERIENCED LOSS OF ENGINE POWER AND VISIBLE SMOKE COMING FROM THE WINDSHIELD EXHAUST DUCTS. THE ENGINE SUBSEQUENTLY FAILED BUT THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO REGAIN POWER AND RETURN TO THE AIRPORT FOR A NORMAL LANDING. POST LANDING INSPECTION OF THE AIRCRAFT REVEALED AN EXHAUST PIPE HAD CRACKED AND CAUSED THE LOWER ENGINE COWLING TO CATCH FIRE JUST FORWARD OF THE ENGIN AIR INTAKE. THE EXHAIST HAD CRACKED WHERE A PREVIOUS REPAIR HAD BEEN MADE DUE TO A PREVIOUS CRACK. THE REPAIR WAS IMPROPER DUE TO THE WELD NOT FULLY PENETRATING THE CRACKED METAL.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be:EXHAUST SYSTEM,MANIFOLD/PIPE..CRACKED
MAINTENANCE,MAJOR REPAIR..IMPROPER..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL
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