NTSB Identification: MIA02LA118.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 23, 2002 in Louisburg, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/25/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 150D, registration: N4313U
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.

According to the pilot, he had dropped a glider at 2,500 feet above ground level, and was returning to the airport. He turned base to final about 1/2 mile from the airport when he noted smoke coming from the right side instrument panel. As he got closer to the ground the smoke became flames. He landed, stopped and exited the airplane. The investigation revealed that the insulation on the electric wiring from the master relay on the firewall, had burned along the entire wire. The wire had no in line circuit protection other than the airplane's master switch, and in this case the pilot did not turn the master switch off until the airplane stopped.

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

the failure of the pilot-in-command to follow emergency procedures after smelling smoke that resulted in an electrical fire, damage to the airplane, and a forced landing.

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