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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 193136
Last updated: 19 June 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer
Registration: N3659Z
MSN: 22-7556
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Delaware Coastal Airport (KGED), Georgetown, DE -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Georgetown-Sussex County Airport, DE (GED/KGED)
Destination airport:Lusby, MD (MD50)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the private pilot, shortly after takeoff, as the airplane reached 1,400 ft, he noticed "thick" smoke coming from behind the instrument panel and then the glareshield, followed by flames near his feet and legs. The pilot was able to return to the departure airport and land successfully. During the subsequent landing roll, the pilot reduced the throttle and mixture to shut down the engine and pulled the brake handle; however, the airplane did not slow, and he egressed the airplane while it was in motion. The airplane came to rest in a grass area right of the runway and was mostly consumed by fire. The pilot's description of the onset and growth of the fire was consistent with a fast-growing fire such as a fire fed by liquid fuel.
Examination of the wreckage revealed that several sections of the fuel system were consumed or damaged by fire. The main fuel line from the fuel strainer to the carburetor was found loose on the carburetor side. The lower left portion of the engine cowling exhibited more thermal damage than the right side, which is consistent with the location of the loose fuel line supplying the carburetor; however, due to the extent of the thermal damage, the origination point of the in-flight fire could not be determined.

Probable Cause: An in-flight fire for reasons that could not be determined due to extensive thermal damage to the airplane.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years 1 month
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

29-Jan-2017 00:07 Geno Added
29-Jan-2017 00:08 Geno Updated [Aircraft type]
22-Mar-2019 19:09 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
24-Mar-2019 08:36 harro Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Photo]

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