Monday, February 22, 2016

Piper PA-28-151 Warrior, N41618: accident occurred February 22, 2016 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida

AIRCRAFT:   1974 Piper PA28-151 Warrior N41618,  s/n: 28-7415295

Last annual performed 02/02/2015 at Tach/Total Time 7605.37.  Last 100 Hour Inspection on 07/27/15 at Tach/Total Time 7717.86. 
Current Tach 7816.0
ENGINE:  Lycoming O 320.  Engine log through 08/19/91 indicates the engine is an O320-E3D, s/n: L-39026-27A installed at Tach 4140.8 after being overhauled. 
Current log shows overhaul on 02/15/2005 by Steve Householder, O320-E3D but no serial number is listed.
Last 100 hour inspection on 07/27/2015 at Tach 7717.86, engine total time 7717.86, TSMOH 1283.06
PROPELLER:  There is only a current prop log with no description of the propeller.  It shows inspections accomplished but no times.


DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Aircraft engine caught on fire after landing.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   See attached photos. Damage includes but may not be limited to the following:     

There is damage from the fire to the front part of the engine compartment, the cowling, the prop, Wiring, hoses, cables and possibly the firewall. 

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  The aircraft is located on St Augustine Airport, FL

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NTSB Identification: ERA16LA119 

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 21, 2016 in St. Augustine, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA28 151, registration: N41618
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 21, 2016, about 2015 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-151, N41618, was substantially damaged by an engine fire after landing at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (SGJ), St. Augustine, Florida. The flight instructor and his pilot-rated student were not injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight, which was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, the airplane's engine stopped producing power during taxi immediately after landing. An engine restart was attempted, and the engine caught fire. The airplane was stopped, and both the instructor and the student egressed the airplane, but made no attempt to extinguish the fire, as there was no fire extinguisher on board the airplane. Instead, the instructor dialed 911 on his cellular telephone.

The fire department on the airport was closed, and local police and fire responded to the call. The police arrived first, and were delayed at a perimeter gate, which was subsequently opened by airport personnel. The first police officer on scene suppressed the fire with a hand-held fire extinguisher from his cruiser until firefighters arrived and ensured the fire was fully extinguished shortly thereafter. The firefighters gained access through an entry point previously briefed and rehearsed with the airport authority.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector revealed that both the engine firewall and mount were substantially damaged during the fire.

The instructor held a commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates with ratings for airplane single engine land, multiengine land and instrument airplane. His most recent first-class medical certificate was issued on January 27, 2016. He reported 900 total hours of flight experience, of which 65 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

The four-seat, single-engine, low-wing airplane was manufactured in 1974 and was equipped with a Lycoming O-320 series engine. A review of logbook entries by the FAA inspector revealed the airplane's most recent 100-hour inspection was completed July 27, 2015, at 7,717 total aircraft hours.

Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - An engine fire caused a small plane to make an emergency landing at the Northeast Regional Airport in St. Augustine Monday evening.

The airport is just off of U.S. 1, about a mile north of the Lewis Speedway.

The St. Johns County Fire Rescue was called to the airport at about 8:15 p.m. in reference to an engine fire.

There was smoke coming from the engine of this small plane after the pilot had to make an emergency landing.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguished a fire on a single-engine Piper aircraft.

The people on board the plane were able to escape without injury, according to the SJCFR.

The cause of the fire, which reportedly started in the plane's engine, is under investigation. 

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