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NTSB RELEASES EARLY FINDINGS ON NEW WAVERLY PLANE FIRE

On October 19, 2013, about 1600 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Pohoski RV4 airplane, N10XP, landed off-field near New Waverly, Texas, when the pilot smelled smoke in the cockpit. The pilot was uninjured. The airplane was subsequently destroyed by fire. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual flight rules (VFR) conditions prevailed for the flight, which did not operate on a VFR flight plan. The flight originated from the Livingston Municipal Airport (00R), near Livingston, Texas, about 1540, and was destined for the Sandy Creek Airstrip, near New Waverly, Texas.
According to the pilot, the airplane was refueled at 00R at 1528. About four miles short of the destination, he smelled and saw smoke and turned toward Estates Airpark, which was the closest airport. Smoke increased in intensity. He landed in a pasture north of the diversion airpark. The airplane was intact when it came to rest and the pilot saw smoke and flames as he exited the airplane. The pilot reported that the airplane burned and that a patch of grass, about a 15-foot diameter, was burned around the aircraft.

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