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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 132934
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Date:09-OCT-1994
Time:15:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172H
Owner/operator:Mitchell, Terry L.
Registration: N8181L
C/n / msn: 17256381
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Moro, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Private
Departure airport:1M1
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On October 9, 1994, at 1530 central daylight time, a Cessna 172H, N8181L, was destroyed while taxiing at a private airstrip near Moro, Arkansas. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross country flight.

The pilot reported the following information. After a normal landing, when power was applied during taxiing to turn the airplane around, the engine made a sound and died. The pilot attempted to restart the engine, again a sound was heard, and then smoke and flames were observed coming out of the engine cowling. The airplane burned in less than 10 minutes. The pilot recalled smelling gas in the cockpit on the day of the accident.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the area forward of the firewall received very little thermal damage, and there was evidence of heat in the airbox. The cabin heat was on, and it appeared that flames traveled through the heater ducting into the cabin. The source of the fire could not be determined.
PROBABLE CAUSE:ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE DUE TO UNDETERMINED REASONS.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001206X02439


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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