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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : csv|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 8500
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : ztl|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 10|
flight time total : 1200
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : unable
Cruising at 8500' 20 mi east of crossville, tn. I heard a noise resembling a gunshot noise and noticed smoke. I immediately hit the master switch, shutting down all equipment. I tried to find one of the radios that was still working to contact ZTL. I switched the power back on and heard another gunshot sound and saw more smoke. I then descended and landed at crossville airport. I went immediately to FSS to report the problem and ZTL to inform them of the incident. The mechanics at crossville checked the plane and decided that the plane could not be repaired immediately. I left the plane at crossville and continued on vacation in fl. The mechanics then ferried the plant to chattanooga, tn. It was determined that the plane was in need of more electrical repair and further inspection. I called director of maintenance at cha FBO. He told me it had been determined that it had been caused by an in-flight fire.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA HAD AN ELECTRICAL MALFUNCTION AT CRUISE ALT AND DIVERTED TO ALTERNATE ARPT.
Narrative: CRUISING AT 8500' 20 MI E OF CROSSVILLE, TN. I HEARD A NOISE RESEMBLING A GUNSHOT NOISE AND NOTICED SMOKE. I IMMEDIATELY HIT THE MASTER SWITCH, SHUTTING DOWN ALL EQUIP. I TRIED TO FIND ONE OF THE RADIOS THAT WAS STILL WORKING TO CONTACT ZTL. I SWITCHED THE PWR BACK ON AND HEARD ANOTHER GUNSHOT SOUND AND SAW MORE SMOKE. I THEN DSNDED AND LANDED AT CROSSVILLE ARPT. I WENT IMMEDIATELY TO FSS TO RPT THE PROB AND ZTL TO INFORM THEM OF THE INCIDENT. THE MECHS AT CROSSVILLE CHKED THE PLANE AND DECIDED THAT THE PLANE COULD NOT BE REPAIRED IMMEDIATELY. I LEFT THE PLANE AT CROSSVILLE AND CONTINUED ON VACATION IN FL. THE MECHS THEN FERRIED THE PLANT TO CHATTANOOGA, TN. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE PLANE WAS IN NEED OF MORE ELECTRICAL REPAIR AND FURTHER INSPECTION. I CALLED DIRECTOR OF MAINT AT CHA FBO. HE TOLD ME IT HAD BEEN DETERMINED THAT IT HAD BEEN CAUSED BY AN INFLT FIRE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.