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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 187271
Last updated: 25 April 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-108 Colt
Registration: N5823Z
MSN: 22-9680
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sumner County Regional Airport (M33), Gallatin, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Gallatin, TN (M33)
Destination airport:Gallatin, TN (M33)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During preflight inspection of the airplane, the pilot discovered three baby birds in the cockpit. After removing the birds, he continued his preflight inspection, looking for a nest. He noticed that the rag normally used to cover one of the elevator openings was missing, but he did not find a nest inside. Immediately after takeoff, about 100 ft above ground level, a fire started within the engine compartment, and smoke began to enter the cockpit. The pilot turned the airplane back toward the runway, but lost control as the airplane touched down because his visibility was limited by the smoke. The occupants egressed the airplane, which was subsequently consumed by fire. Postaccident examination of the wreckage revealed remnants of a bird nest between the exhaust manifold and the engine firewall, which was the likely origin of the fire.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection, which resulted in an inflight fire due to the presence of a bird nest in the engine compartment.




Revision history:

13-May-2016 23:40 Geno Added
15-May-2016 07:45 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
19-Aug-2017 09:36 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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