Thursday, October 13, 2016

Vans RV-6A, N686RM: Accident occurred October 11, 2016 at Flying Harness Farms Airport (37FL), Bell, Gilchrist County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17CA013
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Bell, FL
Aircraft: MICKLER LARRY J RV6 A, registration: N686RM
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot/owner was landing at his home airport with a 60-degree, 10-knot crosswind that was gusting to 14 knots. The pilot stated the wind was "a little gusty" at the time and the airplane was "right at stall speed" at touchdown. The airplane touched down on the right main landing gear, and then the left main gear before the pilot lowered the nose landing gear to the runway. He said that when the nose gear touched down, the airplane bounced into a very nose-high attitude so he "pushed the nose over" and the propeller struck the ground, the airplane nosed over, and came to rest inverted. The pilot was seriously injured and the airframe incurred substantial damage to the fuselage and vertical stabilizer. According to the pilot owner, the performance and handling of the airplane on the day of the accident was "fine… you couldn't ask for a better airplane."

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