NTSB Identification: NYC07LA104.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 25, 2007 in Richmond, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/2008
Aircraft: Piper PA-32-300, registration: N679DM
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
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The airplane was taxiing after refueling, when a fire began in the vicinity of the right main landing gear. The pilot shut down the engine, and the occupants exited the airplane. An annual inspection had been completed on the airplane the previous day, and heavy-duty brakes were installed. As part of the installation, a shim insulator and a main gear axel spacer needed to be installed; however, both were missing, which resulted in a frictional build-up of heat during the taxi.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The improper installation of the right brake assembly by maintenance personnel. Full narrative available
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