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N3565B accident description

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Crash location 33.694166°N, 108.849444°W
Nearest city Reserve, NM
33.713110°N, 108.757841°W
5.4 miles away
Tail number N3565B
Accident date 01 Feb 2010
Aircraft type Piper PA-32R-301T
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

During takeoff, the pilot heard a "pop" noise followed by smoke in the cockpit. The pilot elected to continue the takeoff roll and return to the airport; during the downwind leg, the smoke became severe. The pilot was able to land the airplane safely. Examination of the airplane revealed the engine, cowling, and firewall sustained fire damage. Additionally, the inspection revealed that a fuel injector/line on the number 5 cylinder was broken, and sprayed fuel onto the engine's turbocharger.

NTSB Probable Cause

An in-flight fire due to a fuel leak from the No. 5 cylinder's broken fuel injector/line.

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