NTSB Identification: MIA82FKT09
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, April 02, 1982 in DELRAY BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/02/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-36, registration: N57750
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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.

WHILE CLIMBING AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PILOT NOTED A PARTIAL LOSS OF POWER. HE THOUGHT HE COULD SMELL SMOKE AND TURNED THE MASTER AND ALTERNATOR SWITCHES OFF. THE ENGINE CONTINUED TO LOSE POWER AND THE PILOT DUMPED THE LOAD. HE ELECTED TO LAND IN A CANAL. AS HE WAS LANDING, THE PILOT NOTED THAT THE WHOLE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ENGINE WAS ON FIRE. THE RIGHT WING OF THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A TREE AND THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO THE CANAL. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THERE WAS FIRE EVERYWHERE. HE JUMPED INTO THE CANAL AND SWAN AWAY FROM THE FIRE AND TO THE SHORE. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE NO. 3 INTAKE PIPE, PN 75113, HAD SPLIT OPEN AT THE TOP. AN EXAMINATION OF THE FIRE DAMAGE INDICATED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A BLOW TORCH EFFECT COMING FROM THE AREA OF THE NO. 3 CYLINDER.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..UNDETERMINED

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

FLUID,FUEL..LEAK


Contributing Factors

MISCELLANEOUS..FIRE



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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