Saturday, March 2, 2019

Van's RV-6, N711KJ: Accident occurred December 25, 2018 at Front Range Airport (KFTG), Watkins, Colorado

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Bald Eagle Aviation LLC


https://registry.faa.gov/N711KJ


Location: Watkins, CO
Accident Number: CEN19LA048
Date & Time: 12/25/2018, 0954 MST
Registration: N711KJ
Aircraft: Vans RV 6
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 25, 2018, about 0947 mountain standard time, a Vans RV-6 experimental amateur-built airplane, N711JK, owned by a private individual caught fire in the traffic pattern at Front Range Airport (FTG) Watkins, Colorado. The pilot was not injured and the airplane was destroyed by fire shortly after landing. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated at FTG.

The pilot reported he'd been performing touch and go traffic patterns on runway 26 at FTG. While on takeoff from his second touch and go, he smelled a strange odor and noticed a flame on the floor near his rudder pedals. The FTG Air Traffic Control Tower controller approved the pilot for whatever maneuver the pilot needed to do to get the airplane safely on the ground. The pilot was about 200-300 ft. above the runway and immediately reduced power and put the airplane back down on the runway. He exited the runway at taxiway Alpha 4, stopped, shut the engine down by pulling the mixture to full lean, turned off the fuel valve, fuel boost pump, and electrical power switches, and exited the airplane. The fire propagated and consumed the airplane. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N711KJ
Model/Series: RV 6 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: James D. Taylor
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight and On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.740000, -104.330000 (est)

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