NTSB Identification: ATL01LA022.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, January 16, 2001 in ORLANDO, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/21/2001
Aircraft: Lake LA-4-200, registration: N12E
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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The pilot was attempting to start the engine when an explosion occurred. He stated that he did not detect any fumes prior to engine start. A crack was found on a fuel block drain assembly fitting and corrosion of the battery grounding strap was also discovered. Maintenance inspection procedures for the airplane requires a 30 day inspection of both the battery grounding strap for corrosion and the fuel lines for damage.




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

THE OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL'S FAILURE TO COMPLETE PRESCRIBED INSPECTIONS THAT RESULTED IN THE FAILURE OF A FUEL BLOCK DRAIN ASSEMBLY FITTING , CORROSION OF THE BATTERY GROUNDING STRAP AND THE SUBSEQUENT FLASH EXPLOSION.


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