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During a short ferry flight to a property for the purpose of conducting shooting operations, the pilot noticed a burning smell in the cockpit and a glow beneath the rear seat. Following an emergency landing the pilot evacuated the aircraft before it was consumed by fire. The pilot reports that he had been carrying signal flares, fuel, oil, grease and dirty rags on and beneath the rear seat. He further reports he had been smoking prior to becoming aware of the burning smell. The Fire Officers Investigation report confirms that the fire had originated in the cockpit and that the source of ignition had probably been a lighted cigarette butt which had come to rest on the dirty rags.

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General details
Date: 18 October 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1145  
Location   (show map):Mataranka Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Fire 
Release date: 10 April 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kawasaki Heavy Industries 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-HFV 
Serial number: 2186 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Mataranka NT
Departure time:1140
Destination:Elsey Station NT
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