NTSB Identification: LAX84LA093.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22736.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, November 25, 1983 in MONTEREY, CA
Aircraft: BEECH C24R, registration: N3824R
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.

FIRE ERUPTED IN THE ENG COMPARTMENT DURING THE ENG RUN-UP. INVESTIGAITON REVEALED THAT 7 OF THE 8 NUTS SECURING THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD TO THE CYLINDERS WERE MISSING. THE ONLY NUT PRESENT WAS LOOSE BUT RETAINED THE #1 CYL EXHAUST TUBE. THE #2 CYL EXHAUST TUBE, THOUGH NOT SECURED, WAS IN PLACE. THE #3 & #4 CYL EXHAUST TUBES WERE UNRESTRAINED & HAD DROPPEDDOWN, ALLOWING EXHAUST GASES TO ESCAPE. HEAT DAMAGE ALONG THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ENG WAS MUCH WORSE THAT ON THE RIGHT SIDE, & THE FUEL PUMP FUEL LINE WAS BURNED ENOUGH TO ALLOW FUEL UNDER PRESSURE TO ESCAPE INTO THE ENG COMPARTMENT.

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM,MANIFOLD/PIPE..IMPROPER

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

MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM,MANIFOLD/PIPE..DISCONNECTED

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

FUEL SYSTEM,LINE..BURNED

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

FUEL SYSTEM,LINE..LEAK

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