NTSB Identification: ATL82FA052
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 10, 1982 in JESSUP, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/10/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 401, registration: N8299F
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER REACHING A CRUISE ALTITUDE OF 9500 FEET THE PILOT NOTICED SMOKE COMING OUT OF THE LEFT ENGINE COWLING. HE THEN PROCEEDED TO REDUCE THE LEFT THROTTLE BUT WAS UNABLE TO MOVE THE LEVER. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED WHEN THE LEFT FUEL SELECTOR WAS TURNED OFF BUT RELIT ABOUT 3 MINUTES LATER. DURING THE EMERGENCY DESCENT THAT FOLLOWED ALL ELECTRICAL POWER WAS LOST AND THE COPILOT WAS INSTRUCTED TO CRANK DOWN THE LANDING GEAR. DURING LANDING ROLL THE LEFT GEAR COLLAPSED AS THE WING CONTINUED TO BURN. ENGINE EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT THE FUEL PRESSURE RETURN LINE LOCATED ON THE FIREWALL WAS FINGER TIGHT. THE OTHER FITTING WAS SECURE AND THE MAINTENANCE MANUAL CALL FOR 30-40 INCH-POUNDS OF TORQUE ON THAT FITTING. THE PILOT DID NOT FOLLOW APPROVED EMERGENCY PROCEDURES FOR AN INFLIGHT WING OR ENGINE FIRE.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,LINE FITTING..LOOSE

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

MAINTENANCE..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..FAILURE,TOTAL

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