NTSB Identification: CEN10CA111
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 01, 2010 in Reserve, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/15/2010
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-301T, registration: N3565B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During takeoff the pilot heard a "pop" noise followed by smoke in the cockpit. The pilot elected to continue the takeoff roll and return to the airport; during the downwind leg, the smoke became severe. The pilot was able to land the airplane safely. Examination of the airplane revealed that the engine, cowling, and firewall sustained fire damage. Additionally the inspection revealed that a fuel injector/line on the No. 5 cylinder was broken and had sprayed fuel onto the engine's turbocharger.

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

An in-flight fire due to a fuel leak from the No. 5 cylinder's broken fuel injector/line.

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