August 23, 1996

Incident at Regina, Saskatchewan

The pilot of C-GXVN, a PA24, reported smoke in the cockpit shortly after takeoff, declared an emergency landing on runway 26. The crash alarm sounded. The aircraft landed safely. An arriving FK28 was delayed in circuit approximately 5 minutes. The muffler was cracked and overheated firewall, starting a fire. When power was reduced, flames were extinguished and smoke dispersed. UPDATE: Maintenance inspection identified a failure of the exhaust system forward of the muffler. Exhaust flames apparently entered the engine compartment through a hole in the exhaust and melted several components causing the smoke. The aircraft had recently been purchased and had been through a safety inspection which apparently did not identify any weaknesses in the exhaust system.