FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07
NTSB Identification: WPR17LA003
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 09, 2016 in Roberts, ID
Aircraft: MELBORN JOE B KOLB SPORT 600, registration: N914NK
Injuries: 2 Minor.
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 October 9, 2016, about 1400 mountain daylight time, an experimental amateur built Kolb Sport 600 airplane, N914NK, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in Roberts, Idaho following a loss of engine power. The private pilot and his passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross country flight that departed a private airstrip at approximately 1400 mountain daylight time and was destined for Joslin Field – Magic Valley Regional Airport (TWK), Twin Falls, Idaho. The personal flight was originating at the time of the accident.
According to the pilot, he departed runway 24 after a successful pre-flight inspection and engine run-up. As the airplane reached approximately 100 feet above ground level, the pilot "felt" the airplane lose power. He then lowered the nose and initiated a left turn teardrop maneuver to land on runway 06. The pilot engaged the airplane's auxiliary fuel pump to maintain engine power, but the propeller stopped rotating a few seconds later. Towards the end of the turn, the pilot determined that the airplane would not reach the dirt landing strip and leveled out early to land parallel to the runway. The airplane touched down about 200 feet south of the runway in sage brush and subsequently impacted debris before it nosed over inverted and came to rest.
Postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the rudder. The inspector reported that the right wing fuel tank was approximately half full.
The wreckage was retained for further examination.