Saturday, March 07, 2015

Van's RV-6, N4074V: Fatal accident occurred March 07, 2015 in Pratt County, Kansas

NTSB Identification: CEN15FA163
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 07, 2015 in Pratt, KS
Aircraft: AHRENS GERD H RV 6, registration: N4074V
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On March 7, 2015, at an unknown time, an Ahrens RV-6 experimental amateur-built airplane, N4074V, was substantially damaged when it nosed over while landing at a private airstrip southeast of Pratt, Kansas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed on the day of the accident. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant on board, was fatally injured. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. The cross country flight departed Lucas, Kansas, at an unknown time and was en route to Pratt, Kansas. 

According to a friend of the pilot, the pilot had departed about 0930 the morning of the accident and intended to fly to Lucas, Kansas. The wreckage of the airplane was initially spotted by an airplane flying over the private airstrip about 1530. The accident airplane was observed to be inverted on the east side of the runway. Law enforcement officers were notified and found the pilot deceased. There were no known witnesses to the accident.

Ground scars on the turf runway, which were consistent with the left and right main landing gear, were observed several hundred feet north of the approach end of the north/south runway. The ground scars trekked to the right and then off of the runway surface. The airplane came to rest inverted about 400 feet from the first documented touch-down-point. The canopy of the airplane was fragmented, the leading edge of both wings was impact-damaged, the firewall was wrinkled, and the vertical stabilizer tip was bent.


The crash of a single engine aircraft has claimed the life of a Pratt County man. 
Harrison Dale Rosenbaum, 86 of Pratt County, was attempting a north bound landing on a private runway in a pasture when it made contact with the ground, went off the east side of the runway and overturned in the pasture, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log web site.

Rosenbaum was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a safety restraint at the time of the crash.

The accident occurred two miles south and about six and one half miles west of Pratt on SE 20th Street between 60th and 70th Avenues. The exact time of the crash is unknown but it was reported at 4:07 p.m. The aircraft was a 1995 RV-6.

Pratt County EMS, Sheriff’s officers, Pratt County Rescue and Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the accident.


Pratt County Sheriff's office said a plane crashed 2 miles south on SE 60th Ave, and 1/2 miles east on SE 20th Ave on a private air strip.

The pilot in the crash is identified as 85-year-old Harrison Dale Rosenbaum. He was flying an experimental 2-seater plane when he had a difficult landing causing the plane to flip over, killing him.

EMS pronounced Rosenbaum dead at the scene. He was the only one in the plane.

KHP says Rosenbaum had a commercial pilot license and flew often, his medical exam for his license was up to date.

A neighbor said she heard him take off and land but didn't hear a crash. People who knew Rosenbaum said he was a great man and an experienced flier.

Authorities are still investigating. We will bring you the latest as we receive more details.

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