NTSB Identification: LAX82DA349
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 18, 1982 in RENO, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/18/1983
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN P-51D, registration: N151DM
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE ENGINE FAILED & CAUGHT FIRE DURING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES. THE PLT STATED HE WAS PRE-OCCUPIED TRYING TOPUT OUT THE ENGINE FIRE & TURNED BASE TOO LATE. THE ACFT LANDED SHORT OF THE RWY ON A POORLY GRADED ROAD & THE PLT LOST CONTROL OF THE ACFT.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..OVERTEMPERATURE

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

PERFORMANCE DATA..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..FIRE

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

PLANNED APPROACH..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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