NTSB Identification: CEN12FA395
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Monroe Center, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2013
Aircraft: NAPPI TITO C LANCAIR 235M, registration: N18TN
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

As he was approaching the destination airport, the pilot of the amateur-built airplane reported that the airplane was on fire. The pilot landed the airplane in a cornfield with its wings level and at a 5 degree descent angle. He was not able to exit the airplane and perished. Examination of the airplane showed that the fire was concentrated in the area between the airplaneā€™s firewall and instrument panel where the fuselage-mounted header tank would have been. Only portions of the header tank and the fuel system within the cockpit were identifiable. The remainder of the fuel system components were consumed by the fire. The postaccident examination did not show any evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunction or abnormalities, although the damage was too extensive to determine the reason for the in-flight fire.

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

The in-flight fire for a reason that could not be determined due to extensive damage from the fire.

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