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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 135128
Last updated: 7 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PTS2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pitts S-2B
Registration: N260PK
C/n / msn: 5034
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Amarillo, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Amarillo, TX (2TX0)
Destination airport:Amarillo, TX (2TX0)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During the initial climb following an engine teardown, inspection, and engine reinstallation, the airplane’s engine experienced a partial loss of power. The pilot initiated a 180-degree turn and performed a downwind landing on the runway from which he had just departed. Following the landing, and while taxiing, the pilot observed flames emanating from the engine cowling area. The pilot shut down the engine and exited the airplane. Moments later the airplane was engulfed in flames. An examination of the airplane’s engine revealed that the engine-driven fuel pump housing had fractured where the fuel line fitting had been inserted. The fitting, with its pipe thread, was the correct fitting; however, its preaccident torque value is unknown. Due to thermal damage to the pump housing the reason for the failure could not be determined.
Probable Cause: The fracture of the fuel pump housing for undetermined reasons.



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 17:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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