NTSB Identification: CEN13LA365
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Lansing, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/02/2014
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-301T, registration: N4296T
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot was taxiing the airplane and thought that it needed more power to taxi, so he stopped and shut down the airplane. The pilot exited and saw black smoke from both main landing gear fairings as a result of a brake fire. He attempted to extinguish the fire using a handheld fire extinguisher. The fire continued, and the pilot later called airport rescue firefighting to successfully extinguish the fire. The pilot did not disengage the parking braking before taxiing; he stated that the accident could have been prevented if he had followed the airplane checklist to check the parking brake setting.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s failure to follow the airplane checklist, which resulted in the parking brake not being released before taxi and a subsequent brake fire.
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