While cruising at 4,000 feet during a personal flight, the pilot reported to the air traffic controller that he was about 10 miles from the airport, was experiencing an engine problem, and was declaring an emergency. About 1 minute later, he stated that he had a ‘fire on board.’ The pilot made a forced landing about 2 miles from the airport. During the landing, the airplane collided with a pole, then was destroyed by fire. Examination of the wreckage by an FAA inspector revealed that the fire had been concentrated in the firewall area. Fuel and oil lines were found loose, and the fire left traces of both fuel and oil involvement. No specific point of origin was determined. Investigation also revealed that the engine had been modified from its original factory design.
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Posted By: Brett FerrellSunday June 15th, 1997 at 8:01 PM