NTSB Identification: ATL85LA023.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26490.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 27, 1984 in SPRINGVILLE, AL
Aircraft: FOUR SEASONS AVIATIONS AMERICAN AEROLIGHT, registration: N953AA
Injuries: 1 Minor,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.

AT APRX 150 FT THE PLT HEARD A NOISE AND OBSERVED A FIRE INVOLVING THE REAR PORTION OF THE ACFT. THE PLASTIC FUEL TANK RUPTURED AND BURNING FUEL WAS SUCKED AFT THROUGH THE PUSHER PROP. THE BALLISTIC PARACHUTE WAS DEPLOYED AND OPENED AS THE ACFT HIT A 60 FT TALL TREE. THE PLT STATED THE OPINION THAT THE FUEL TANK MOUNTING ASS'Y MAY HAVE FAILED ALLOWING THE FUEL TANK TO FALL ONTO THE ENG. EXAM OF THE ENG REVEALED THAT THE MOLDED FUEL TANK WAS BROKEN.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,TANK..DISCONNECTED

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

FUEL SYSTEM,TANK..LEAK



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