NTSB Identification: ANC14IA028
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Incident occurred Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in South Naknek, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-181, registration: N30541
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.
On May 14, 2014, about 1400 Alaska daylight time, a Piper PA 28-181 airplane, N30541, was damaged during a ground fire at the South Naknek Airport, South Naknek, Alaska. The commercial pilot and two passengers had evacuated the airplane prior to the fire, and were not injured. The airplane was being operated by King Air, Inc., Naknek, Alaska, as a visual flight rules (VFR) non-scheduled commuter flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 when the incident occurred. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company flight plan was filed for the two mile flight to Naknek.
In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), the pilot stated that he was taxiing out for departure when he smelled smoke in the cabin. He verified with a passenger that indeed there was a smoke smell in the cabin, and then shut the airplane's engine down, and evacuated the airplane. After evacuating the airplane, he saw smoke coming from the engine cowling area, and attempted to put out any fire with the airplane's fire extinguisher. His attempt to put out the fire was unsuccessful, and the fire continued to burn a majority of the airplane's fuselage.
The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming O-360-A4M carburated, reciprocating engine. A detailed examination of the engine and engine accessories is pending.
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