Thursday, July 7, 2016

Van's RV-6, N916BN; accident occurred July 04, 2016 near St. Maries Municipal Airport (S72), Benewah County, Idaho

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Spokane FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA135
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 04, 2016 in St. Maries, ID
Aircraft: BERT N Norris RV-6, registration: N916BN
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 4, 2016, about 0930 Pacific daylight time, a Bert N. Norris RV-6, experimental amateur-built conventional gear airplane, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near St. Maries Municipal Airport (S72), St. Maries, Idaho. The private pilot and one passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from Homeport Airport (11WA), Cheney, Washington, about 0910.

In a postaccident interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that on short final to runway 28 at an altitude of about 400 feet above ground level, with carburetor heat applied, the engine experienced a partial loss of power. The pilot stated that he switched fuel tanks, activated the boost pump and pumped the throttle, however, he was unable to restore power to the engine. The pilot further stated that knowing he could not make the runway, he elected to make a forced landing in a field off of the approach end of runway 28. During the touchdown/landing roll in high vegetation, the airplane nosed over, which resulted in substantial damage to the rudder. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

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