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When approaching Lake Nash the pilot had selected the fuel boost pumps to low in accordance with the manufacturer's operating handbook. He started to smell fuel so he turned the pumps off. After landing he shut down and unloaded the appropriate freight. On start up he did not smell any fuel but, at about 40 knots on the takeoff run, the left wing tip exploded and the aircraft caught fire. The pilot brought the aircraft to a stop off the strip and evacuated the aircraft. He was unable to recover any of his documents before the aircraft was totally destroyed by fire. Examination by an engineer indicated that the fire may have started in the left wheel well area and that fuel vapour in the wing had exploded through the wing tip.

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General details
Date: 06 October 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1425  
Location:Lake Nash Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Fire 
Release date: 07 December 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 95 
Aircraft registration: VH-ASW 
Serial number: TE-402 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Lake Nash NT
Destination:Tennant Creek NT
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