NTSB Identification: LAX84FA283.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24349.
Accident occurred Monday, May 07, 1984 in WEST COVINA, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22, registration: N9718D
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE RETURNING TO THE ARPT & TOWING A BANNER, SMOKE ENTERED THE COCKPIT & A SMALL FIRE BEGAN BURING, FORWARD OF THE LEFT/LOWER PART OF THE FIREWALL. THE PLT TURNED THE ACFT TO LAND IN A FIELD. HE OPENED THE RIGHT CABING DOOR, ALL AIR VENTS & THE WINDOW ON THE LEFT SIDE, BUT THE FIRE & SMOKE BECAME WORSE. HE RELEASED THE BANNER IN AN OPEN FIELD & SLIPPED THE ACFT TO IMPROVE HIS ABILITY TO SEE DURING THE LANDING. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, THE NOSE GEAR FAILED & THE ACFT NOSED OVER & BURNED. THE PLT EXITED THE ACFT WITHOUT INJURIES, BUT WAS TREATED FOR SMOKE INHALATION. EVIDENCE OF AN INFLT FIRE WAS FOUND WHERE THE FUEL LINE WAS ROUTED IN THE AREA JUST FORWARD OF THE FIREWALL & THE PLT'S LEFT RUDDER PEDAL. THE FUEL STRAINER & SOME FUEL LINE CONNECTORS WERE LOCATED IN THIS AREA. THEY WERE NOT BURNED, BUT THEY HAD BEEN EXPOSED TO HEAT.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,LINE FITTING..LOOSE

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

FLUID,FUEL..LEAK



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