ATL95LA033
ATL95LA033

On January 2, 1995, at 2130 central standard time, a Piper PA-28- 151, N6829F, burst into flames after rolling off the departure end of runway 18 at the Foley Municipal Airport in Foley, Alabama. The personal flight operated under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91 with no flight plan filed. Visual weather conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The airplane was destroyed by fire, and the pilot was not injured. The flight departed Foley at 2045 hours.

According to the pilot, he had completed two landings and three takeoffs as part of an effort to maintain night currency. The third takeoff was normal, but as the flight continued, the pilot began smelling smoke. When the pilot was established on downwind, smoke filled the cockpit, and the pilot saw flames coming from the engine compartment. The pilot shortened his normal traffic pattern and turned towards the runway. The airplane touched down long on the runway and rolled off the departure end.

Examination of the accident site disclosed that a set of tire tracks started about 400 feet from the end of the runway and continued to the point where the airplane rested. The airplane rotated 90 degrees left to a 090 degree magnetic heading. Further examination of the runway failed to uncover fire damaged debris from the airplane.

Examination of the airplane disclosed that the right side was destroyed by fire. The engine assembly also sustained extensive fire damage which destroyed the carburetor. Due to the fire damage, several engine components were destroyed and conclusive examinations were not possible. A review of the aircraft maintenance log disclosed that the carburetor heat box was replaced 38 hours before the accident.

The pilot failed to respond to both telephone and written requests to provide additional information about the accident.

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