Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Dupage Airport

West Chicago, Illinois 60185
Tuesady, December 30, 2003 13:45 CST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The flying club airplane received substantial damage during an instructional flight when upon engine start, a fire ensued from the engine compartment. The commercial pilot reported no previous flight time in the accident airplane. The instructor reported that the engine was over primed during the first engine start attempt. A flooded start procedure was then used during a second engine start attempt, but the engine did not start. Smoke was then seen emanating from the engine cowling. The commercial pilot reported that after the first start attempt, the engine was primed again but still did not start. Smoke was then observed, and the commercial pilot reported that he was instructed to continue cranking. A fire then ensued. The commercial pilot stated that after the fire erupted, he searched for a fire extinguisher but none was found. The commercial pilot stated that the mixture control was retarded to the idle cutoff position while he continued cranking the engine following the second engine start attempt. Post accident inspection of the cockpit revealed that the mixture control was in the full rich position, and the fuel selector was not in the off position.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The inadequate starting and flooded engine procedure used by certified flight instructor while providing instruction to the dual student.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date12/30/2003 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event1345 
Event Time ZoneCentral Standard Time 
Event CityWest Chicago 
Event StateILLINOIS 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site60185 
Event Date Year2003 
Event Date Month12 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude420651N 
Event Location Longitude0875405W 
Event Location AirportDUPAGE 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDDPA 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation758 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1353 Central Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)-- 
Weather Observation Facility IDDPA 
Elevation of weather observation facility758 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)-- 
Time Zone of the weather observationCST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-5 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)180 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorGusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.1 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)15866 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA  
NTSB Notification DateDec 30 2003 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1345 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordJul 29 2004 7:30AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeDuPage FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN5894B 
NTSB NumberCHI04LA050 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireGround 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna 
Aircraft Model182A 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number33894 
Certified Max Gross Weight2650 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionJun 18 2003 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection24 
Airframe Hours3874.6 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameMachinery Rental 
Aircraft Owner Street AddressP.O. Box 4068 
Aircraft Owner CitySt. Charles 
Aircraft Owner StateIL 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode60174 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameTravel Express Aviation, L.L.C. 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address32W731 Tower Road 
Operator CityWest Chicago 
Operator StateIL 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code60185 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Instructional 
Second Pilot on BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeDPA  
Departure CityWest Chicago 
Departure StateIL 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1345 
Departure Time ZoneCST 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeCMI  
Destination CityChampaign 
Destination StateIL 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightStanding - starting engine(s) 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordJun 8 2004 8:34AM 
User who most recently changed recordSULP  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and LocationNA 
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--