NTSB Identification: CHI85LA001.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26546.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 03, 1984 in GREENBUSH, MN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N37JL
Injuries: 3 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.

FOLLOWING AN UNEVENTFUL APPROACH AND LANDING, THE PLT WAS TAXIING BACK UP THE RUNWAY WHEN THE RIGHT ENGINE QUIT. THE RIGHT SEAT PASSENGER IMMEDIATELY NOTED FLAMES COMING FROM THE ENGINE AND NOTIFIED THE PLT, WHO SWUNG THE ACFT INTO POSITON FOR WIND TO KEEP FLAMES FROM THE WING WHILE SECURING BOTH ENGINE FUEL SHUT-OFF VALVES, HEATER FUEL SHUT-OFF AND THE ACFT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. PLT ORDERED EVACUATION AND ATTEMPTED TO EXTINGUISH FIRE WITH HAND-HELD EXTINGUISHER. FIRE CONTINUED TO BURN FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES UNTIL LOCAL FIRE DEPT PUT OUT FLAMES. DAMAGE PRECLUDED DETERMINATION OF FIRE SOURCE, BELIEVED TO BE A BROKEN LINE OR SEPARATED FITTING IN THE ENGINE FUEL SYSTEM WHICH ALLOWES A QUANTITY OF FUEL TO COLLECT IN THE NACELLE BEFORE ENGINE QUIT FROM FUEL STARVATION, FIRE IGNITED, AND PLT CLOSED SHUT-OFF VALVE.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..UNDETERMINED

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