Dupage Airport
Aircraft Accident/Incident Report

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

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 Event Accident
Event Date 12/30/2003
Event Day of the Week Tuesday
Time of Event 1345
Event Time Zone Central Standard Time
Event City West Chicago
Event State ILLINOIS
Event Country --
Zipcode of the event site 60185
Event Date Year 2003
Event Date Month 12
MidAir Collision Indicator No
On Ground Collision occurred ? No
Event Location Latitude 420651N
Event Location Longitude 0875405W
Event Location Airport DUPAGE
Event Location Nearest Airport ID DPA
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airport On Airport
Distance from airport in statute miles --
Degrees magnetic from airport --
Airport Elevation 758
Weather Briefing Completeness Unknown
Investigator's weather source Weather Observation Facility
Time of the weather observation 1353 Central Standard Time
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees) --
Weather Observation Facility ID DPA
Elevation of weather observation facility 758
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?) --
Time Zone of the weather observation CST
Lighting Conditions Day
Lowest Ceiling Height --
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height --
Sky/Lowest/Cloud Conditions Clear
Sky Condition for Lowest Ceiling None
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet) --
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles) --
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius) 3
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit) -5
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic) 180
Variable Wind Indicator Wind direction could be determined
Wind Speed (knots) 9
Wind Velocity Indicator --
Wind Gust Indicator Gusting
Wind Gust (knots) 0
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.1
Density Altitude (feet) --
Intensity of Precipitation --
METAR weather report --
Event Highest Injury None
On Ground, Fatal Injuries --
On Ground, Minor Injuries --
On Ground, Serious Injuries --
Injury Total Fatal --
Injury Total Minor --
Injury Total None 2
Injury Total Serious --
Injury Total All --
Investigating Agency NTSB
NTSB Docket Number (internal use) 15866
NTSB Notification Source FAA
NTSB Notification Date Dec 30 2003 12:00AM
NTSB Notification Time 1345
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information DMS
Date of most recent change to record Jul 29 2004 7:30AM
User who most recently changed record NTSB\MONR
Basic weather conditions Visual Meteorological Cond
FAA District Office DuPage FSDO

Aircraft Involved

Aircraft #1

Aircraft Registration Number N5894B
NTSB Number CHI04LA050
Missing Aircraft Indicator --
Federal Aviation Reg. Part Part 91: General Aviation
Type of Flight Plan filed None
Flight plan Was Activated? No
Damage Substantial
Aircraft Fire Ground
Aircraft Explosion None
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full Name Cessna
Aircraft Model 182A
Aircraft Series Identifier --
Aircraft Serial Number 33894
Certified Max Gross Weight 2650
Aircraft Category Airplane
Aircraft Registration Class U.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 4
Number of Engines 1
Fixed gear or retractable gear Fixed
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection Annual
Date of Last Inspection Jun 18 2003 12:00AM
Airframe hours since last inspection 24
Airframe Hours 3874.6
ELT Installed Yes
ELT Activated No
ELT Aided Location of Event Site No
ELT Type --
Aircraft Owner Name Machinery Rental
Aircraft Owner Street Address P.O. Box 4068
Aircraft Owner City St. Charles
Aircraft Owner State IL
Aircraft Owner Country USA
Aircraft Owner Zipcode 60174
Operator is an individual? No
Operator Name Travel Express Aviation, L.L.C.
Operator Same as Owner? No
Operator Is Doing Business As --
Operator Address Same as Owner? No
Operator Street Address 32W731 Tower Road
Operator City West Chicago
Operator State IL
Operator Country USA
Operator Zip code 60185
Operator Code --
Owner has at least one certificate None
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 Board Yes
Departure Point Same as Event Yes
Departure Airport Code DPA
Departure City West Chicago
Departure State IL
Departure Country USA
Departure Time 1345
Departure Time Zone CST
Destination Same as Local Flt --
Destination Airport Code CMI
Destination City Champaign
Destination State IL
Destination Country USA
Specific Phase of Flight Standing - starting engine(s)
Report sent to ICAO? No
Evacuation occurred No
Date of most recent change to record Jun 8 2004 8:34AM
User who most recently changed record SULP
Since inspection or accident Time of Accident
Event Location Runway Number and Location NA
Runway Length --
Runway Width --
Sight Seeing flight No
Air Medical Flight No
Medical Flight --