NTSB Identification: LAX84LA293.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25055.
Accident occurred Monday, April 02, 1984 in CONCORD, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-236, registration: N81300
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.

WHILE THE PLT WAS WAITING FOR A TAKEOFF CLEARANCE, TOWER PERSONNEL NOTIFIED HIM THAT THE ACFT APPEARED TO BE ON FIRE. THE PLT SHUT DOWN THE ENG & EXITED THE ACFT. THE FIRE DEVELOPED, BUT WAS MAINLY CONFINED TO THE ENG COMPARTMENT. IT WAS PROMPTLY EXTINGUISHED BY THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT. AN EXAM REVEALED FUEL STAINS ON THE BELLY SKIN PANELS AFT OF THE FIREWALL & IN LINE WITH THE ELECTRIC BOOST PUMP, INDICATING A PRIOR FUEL LEAK. ALSO, AN INSPECTION OF THE MUFFLER REVEALED IT WAS BLOWN OPEN WHICH ALLOWED EXHAUST GAGES TO ENTER THE ENG COMPARTMENT. THE LAST INSPECTION OF THE ACFT WAS APRX 101 HRS PRIOR TO THE SUBJECT FIRE.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..LEAK

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM,MUFFLER..FAILURE,PARTIAL


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,100-HOUR INSPECTION..EXCEEDED..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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