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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 135089
Last updated: 2 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172G
Registration: N4368L
C/n / msn: 17254444
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dalton, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Smyrna, TN (MQY)
Destination airport:Dalton, GA (DNN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated that he made a short cross-country flight to drop off a passenger. After the passenger's baggage was unloaded, the pilot returned to his airplane to depart. During the restart of the engine, a small flame "shot" from the exhaust pipe. The pilot stated that [he] "thought the engine exhaust was overheated, and he was going to let it cool down". He waited approximately 10 minutes before attempting to restart the engine. The pilot stated that he made a visual inspection of the engine compartment, and everything was in proper working order. During the second attempt to restart the engine the exhaust pipe caught on fire. The pilot jumped out of the airplane and attempted to extinguish the fire, but was unsuccessful. The pilot attempted to push the airplane away from the flames, but they were streaming from the engine compartment. The stream of fire led to the engine compartment where the fire became intense, and consumed the airplane.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper starting procedures, which resulted in an on-ground engine fire.



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:29 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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