Thursday, March 25, 2021

Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six, N26DC: Incident occurred March 24, 2021 at Burlington International Airport (KBTV), Chittenden County, Vermont

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aircraft aborted takeoff and while taxiing back to ramp the brakes caught fire. 

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Date: 24-MAR-21
Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N26DC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: BURLINGTON
State: VERMONT


A civilian aircraft caught fire at the Burlington International Airport Wednesday night.

The 158th Fire Department of the Vermont Air National Guard says flames were on the side of the Piper Cherokee and spreading to the wing.

Crews responded after the aircraft control tower spotted the aircraft smoking on the runway. The pilot and passengers got out of the plane before emergency crews arrived. No injuries have been reported.

Gene Richards, aviation director at the airport, says the fire was a foot away from the fuel tanks before the fire department doused the flames. A cause of the fire was not identified.

1 comment:

  1. Normally I'd ask why not try and put it out with the fire extinguisher. But then I realized the only way out of Pipers like this is the right hand door over the wing where that fuel tank is and where that right gear was on fire. They made the right decision. I refuse to fly an aircraft with only one door for this very reason. Just a stupid design that cuts your escape chances in half in a serious fire situation.

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