Preliminary Accident Reports

May 1999 Issue

Feb. 19, El Monte, Calif. / Cessna 172N Skyhawk

At 16:52 PST, a Cessna 172N made an emergency landing at the El Monte airport after experiencing an in-flight cockpit fire. The aircraft was destroyed in the subsequent ground fire. The pilot was not injured; a passenger and airport employee were treated for smoke inhalation. The flight was a traffic aerial observation flight for a local radio station and originated at the Van Nuys airport. The pilot said the airplane was over a traffic accident about ˝-mile from the El Monte Airport. The pilot was in the right seat and the reporter was in the left seat. The reporter switched the left door post-mounted map light to the “on” position, and a “pop” noise was heard. Almost immediately, flames sh...

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