Following a full-stop landing at an airport in Houston, the Cirrus SR22 pilot taxied the airplane from the runway toward an FBO and then reported to the FBO that the brakes were hot before getting to his parking spot.
Several FBO personnel reported to the control tower operator that the airplane appeared to be on fire.
After the pilot exited the airplane, the fire subsequently consumed portions of the fuselage and cockpit.
Data extracted from the airplane revealed that it taxied about 3.7 miles with the engine operating between 1,200 and 1,600 rpm.
The airplane’s pilot operating handbook warns that, if the 1,000 rpm taxi power limit and proper braking techniques are not used, the brake system may overheat, which could result in a brake fire.
It is likely that the pilot’s operation of the engine at a higher-than-recommended rpm level during a long taxi resulted in the brake system overheating and a subsequent fire.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to use the proper taxi procedure, which resulted in a brake system fire.
NTSB Identification: CEN13LA408
This July 2013 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.