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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : mvy|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee/Archer II/Dakota/Pillan/Warrior|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 14|
flight time total : 80
flight time type : 14
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
On may/thu/95, I flew from norwood municipal airport to vineyard haven airport at martha's vineyard in a rented piper PA28-161 (warrior) model airplane. I was accompanied by 2 passenger. After a short stay at the GA terminal at vineyard haven, we returned to the airplane. While attempting to start the engine, I smelled smoke and saw fumes rise. I secured the engine and immediately exited the airplane. Flames were coming from the lower side of the cowling. I immediately sought help from the airport's operations manager, who extinguished the fire. There were no injuries. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: reporter stated that he had never heard what caused the fire even though it had been investigated by maintenance and insurance agents. Definitely suspect that it was flooded engine fuel fire on start. He further stated that he did not hear the engine start or fire at all during the starting cranking process. This would possibly explain why there could have been raw fuel flaming out the exhaust pipe, lighting the fire. After the reporter noticed smoke coming from the engine cowling, he shut off the fuel, ignitions mags and all electrical and deplaned. He noticed that the nosewheel strut and tire were burning and that the tire was almost completely burned up!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA SEL CAUGHT FIRE WHEN PLT WAS ATTEMPTING TO START THE ENG AFTER PREFLT.
Narrative: ON MAY/THU/95, I FLEW FROM NORWOOD MUNICIPAL ARPT TO VINEYARD HAVEN ARPT AT MARTHA'S VINEYARD IN A RENTED PIPER PA28-161 (WARRIOR) MODEL AIRPLANE. I WAS ACCOMPANIED BY 2 PAX. AFTER A SHORT STAY AT THE GA TERMINAL AT VINEYARD HAVEN, WE RETURNED TO THE AIRPLANE. WHILE ATTEMPTING TO START THE ENG, I SMELLED SMOKE AND SAW FUMES RISE. I SECURED THE ENG AND IMMEDIATELY EXITED THE AIRPLANE. FLAMES WERE COMING FROM THE LOWER SIDE OF THE COWLING. I IMMEDIATELY SOUGHT HELP FROM THE ARPT'S OPS MGR, WHO EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. THERE WERE NO INJURIES. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: RPTR STATED THAT HE HAD NEVER HEARD WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE EVEN THOUGH IT HAD BEEN INVESTIGATED BY MAINT AND INSURANCE AGENTS. DEFINITELY SUSPECT THAT IT WAS FLOODED ENG FUEL FIRE ON START. HE FURTHER STATED THAT HE DID NOT HEAR THE ENG START OR FIRE AT ALL DURING THE STARTING CRANKING PROCESS. THIS WOULD POSSIBLY EXPLAIN WHY THERE COULD HAVE BEEN RAW FUEL FLAMING OUT THE EXHAUST PIPE, LIGHTING THE FIRE. AFTER THE RPTR NOTICED SMOKE COMING FROM THE ENG COWLING, HE SHUT OFF THE FUEL, IGNITIONS MAGS AND ALL ELECTRICAL AND DEPLANED. HE NOTICED THAT THE NOSEWHEEL STRUT AND TIRE WERE BURNING AND THAT THE TIRE WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY BURNED UP!
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.