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Jeff Jones
Burlington KY


One should never assume a downed plane is not to be recovered quickly.

I witnessed this crash and watched how there was no concern to recover the wreckage until the peanut gallery yelled fire. This crash was caused by flying with a low battery and the fire started due to an electrical short in the owners wiring job incurred by the crash.






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Can't say I have ever seen that before, but good lesson! Something to share on the flightline.

We as pilots need to be more careful than ever! Thanks for sharing.

We have a ton of electrics that fly at our field. I couldnt tell you the number of times that I have seen LiPos self ignite shortly after bieng removed from a downed aircraft. Luckily enough of our guys have seen this type of thing that we have only lost 1 salvagable plane to a batt fire after impact.
Just be very careful where you grab the batt pack when removing it because having one go off in your hand wouldn't be somthing anyone would enjoy.

first time in many years of flying ever seen one to catch on fire.

always double check your wires and plane before flying. if something is not right fix it. a preflight inspection! sorry for your loss, glad no one got hurt. this could of been really bad.

why wouldn't you want to go grab you plane to see what you need to fix it after you crash take one or to seconds then go out and get it

Definitely a lot more common today with electric aircraft and li-po batteries. Never, ever saw a fire with a glow powered model crash, but li-po powered planes and helis? Seen it more than once. Of course, turbines causing fires in crashes goes without saying...

LOL and Jets are more hazardious? Oh boy......

Is this a LiPo fire or a glow plane? I have never known a glow plane to ignite. So the advice only holds true for crashed planes involving LiPo batteries. I think that should have been made clear.

I don't know about everyone else, but I use lipo's in my gas powered aircraft to power the ignitions and electronics, and I have seen what can best be termed as a "post crash explosion"

the LiPo was damaged on impact and started a fire which made its way to the gasoline, as you can guess it destroyed the plane and started a field on fire

Yes this was a giant scale Nosen 310 with a fair amount of gasoline on board, but the point is dont assume no LiPo because of it being a glow or gasoline plane

It was a lipo plane.

When you do recover it don't throw it in the trunk of your car without pulling the battery!

In 31 years I have never seen a crash where the immediate response wasn't to go pick up the pieces. This makes me wonder if this pilot crashes all the time. I not so sure it was the battery, Sounds like an excuse, I would lean toward pilot error.

HA! The LIPO strikes again. I have seen several do same. One local was returning after retrieving his errant Pattern Electric ship when it burst into flames. Thankfully the hay was recently mowed and no serious fire resulted, but that ended electric pattern for that fellow.
Nope not me. HA! Also watched two big Lipo packs smoke and smoke. Maybe that is what makes 'em work, SMOKE! When smoke is gone they DON'T work anymore. HA!

Good call, if you would of waited any longer you probably would of been paying a endless amount of money to the fire fighters for putting out a huge wild fire!

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