Saturday, November 02, 2019

Powerplant System/Component Malfunction/Failure: Mitsubishi MU-300, N200LP; incident occurred January 12, 2016 at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field (KLIT), Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this incident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Incident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Little Rock, AR

Incident Number: CEN16IA091
Date & Time: 01/12/2016, 0930 CST
Registration: N200LP
Aircraft: MITSUBISHI MU 300
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Defining Event: Powerplant sys/comp malf/fail
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On January 12, 2016, about 0930 central standard time, a Mitsubishi MU300 airplane, N200LP, experienced an engine fire during the takeoff roll from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field (LIT), Little Rock, Arkansas. The two flight crewmembers and two passengers on-board were not injured. The airplane incurred minor damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Central Flying Service Inc. under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an on-demand air taxi. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight was destined for Lake Charles Regional Airport (LCH), Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The flight crew reported that the airplane was fueled, and the flight crew completed a walk around inspection of the airplane. After taxiing to runway 18, the flight crew advanced the throttles to takeoff power and began the takeoff roll. A "couple seconds later" the flight crew heard a "grumble" and the airplane began shaking. The passengers in the back of the airplane reported to the flight crew that they saw flames coming out of the of the right engine. The flight crew stopped the airplane and shut down the engines while the airplane was still on the runway.

After the airplane was towed off of the runway, the crew noticed the right engine had ingested a fuel mat that was left on the inboard trailing edge of the wing by the airplane fuelers. The fuel mats were placed on the wing after the flight crew's preflight inspection was accomplished, and the flight crew had not noticed the mats during the visual inspection of the fuel caps due to their location on the trailing edge of the wing.

To prevent a similar occurrence in the future, the operator implemented a change to the General Operations Manual. Guidance was added to the "Fuel" section, that included:

"… After fueling the crew will do a complete inspection of the exterior of the aircraft to ensure wings are clear of foreign objects and damage has not occurred during fueling."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial; Private

Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/26/2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/13/2016
Flight Time:  5286 hours (Total, all aircraft), 720 hours (Total, this make and model), 4976 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 46 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Co-Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial; Private

Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: 
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/13/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/19/2015
Flight Time: 12618 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1097 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MITSUBISHI

Registration: N200LP
Model/Series: MU 300 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Unknown
Year of Manufacture: 1983
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Transport
Serial Number: A006 S.A.
Landing Gear Type: Unknown
Seats: 10
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/21/2015, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 15500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  Turbo Fan
Airframe Total Time: 7736 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: JT15-4D
Rated Power: 2500 lbs
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions

Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLIT, 257 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 258°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: 
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Little Rock, AR (LIT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: LAKE CHARLES, LA (LCH)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time:  CST
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information


Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 266 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6224 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None

Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.729444, -92.224722 (est)


  1. Inadequate preflight, pilot error.

  2. The line service guy strikes again. Luckily he didn't add DEF fluid to the fuel.