Thursday, July 7, 2016

Piper PA-28-161, American Air Academy, N601FT; accident occurred July 01, 2016 in Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida -Kathryn's Report


FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Orlando FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA352
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in Merritt Island, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28, registration: N601FT

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.


Date: 01-JUL-16
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N601FT
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Florida

AIRCRAFT:   1989 Piper PA-28-161 N601FT, s/n 2841195

ENGINE - M&M, S/N:  Lycoming IO-360 L2A, s/n RL-7380-39A

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N:       Sensenich 74DM6-0-60, s/n: A43820

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:   The engine log records work on 05/27/16 at ETT 15563.7, TSMO 1306.0.

* Engine log starts at the OH on 5/24/12

PROPELLER:    Prop was overhauled 10/08/2009.  Prop log records an annual inspection on 06/10/16 at prop TSMOH 1840.6.

AIRFRAME:   The last annual inspection was accomplished 06/10/2016 at Tach 330.6, TT:15651.3.  The Tach now reads 351.1

OTHER EQUIPMENT:      (1) King KX 155 Comm & (1) King KT76A transponder

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  On 06/29/16, the engine stalled during taxi after landing and caught fire during restart attempts.

The engine and all electrical components and wiring are severely burned from the engine fire.  Damage most severe on the left side of the engine.

Firewall and components/wiring are melted and distorted.

Engine mount shows soot and fire damage - heat damage unknown.

Carburetor box is melted.

Components adjacent to carburetor severely damaged such as hoses, baffling, wires, and insulation materials.

Damage to cylinder fins likely.

Exhaust casings are melted.

Engine magneto wiring damaged.

Nose landing gear strut covered in soot with possible heat and fire damage.

Severe damage to engine cowls.

Fixed pitch prop and spinner are intact but smoke, soot, and heat damage is evident.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Merritt Island Airport (COI), Merritt Island, Florida.

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