NTSB Identification: ATL02LA078.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 11, 2002 in Pahokee, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/02/2004
Aircraft: Piper PA-18, registration: N30660
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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According to the pilot, the fuel tank was filled with 100 low lead fuel before the takeoff. The pilot taxied to runway 10, and initiated a takeoff. During climbout, the pilot started a left climbing turn, and at approximately the same time, the engine lost power. The pilot further reported that engine RPM dropped to Idle. The pilot selected an emergency landing area and established an approach to land. The pilot reported that after the landing, the airplane burst into flames.The subsequent examination of the accident site disclosed that the airframe was badly fire damaged. The engine compartment was also fire damaged, and engine components damaged. According to the pilot, he had not experienced any previous mechanical problems with the airplane.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The loss of engine power and the post-landing fire for undetermined reasons. Full narrative available
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