NTSB Identification: CHI82FEE12
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 24, 1982 in WHEELING, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG, registration: N6492V
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PILOT STATED THAT AFTER THE AIRCRAFT WAS STARTED AND WARMED UP APPROXIMATELY FIVE TO TEN MINUTES THE ENGINE WAS SHUT DOWN TO INVESTIGATE FROZEN BRAKE PADS. AFTER THE BRAKE PADS WERE FREED THE ENGINE WAS RESTARTED AND DURING CRANKING THE PILOT NOTICED SMOKE COMING FROM UNDER THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. THE AIRCRAFT WAS EVACUATED AND WITHIN THREE MINUTES WAS ENGULFED IN FLAMES. WRECKAGE EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT THE FIRE DID NOT START OR HAVE A CONCENTRATION OF EXTREME HEAT IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT.

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

FUSELAGE,CREW COMPARTMENT..FIRE

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

FUSELAGE,CREW COMPARTMENT..UNDETERMINED

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