|Quoting AirOrange (Reply 2):|
EHRD was closed for the whole morning until the aircraft and debris were removed from the crash site. I don't know whether the airport is re-opened again or not. I assume it is.
This is MOST interesting as a former Metro and Garrett TPE331 heavy maintenance mechanic.....do you have any more detailed information or a link to some targeted information?
Engine fires on the TPE331 are most unusual, I do not believe I ever saw one....however, tailpipe fires are not unknown where there is oil leakage from the rear scavenge pump or through the carbon seal. They can produce a lot of smoke and a bit of flame although no permanent harm is done-just shut off the fuel and crank it on the starter....as I recall, I know of one tailpipe fire in which the pilot aborted a takeoff (It was a Turbo Commander) and came back in a rage, the rear scavenge pump had been installed without a gasket. There have also been others with scavenge pump failures but this is fairly uncommon.
I could see where it might happen on a Metro if, as I saw on a number of occasions, the fuel pump/control assembly was not secured with a bracket provided for the purpose but difficult to install.
Of course the engine case is magnesium so if THAT ever got cooking it would be a helluva fire...woulda crisped the Metro....