Thursday, October 24, 2019

Van’s RV-6, N615RJ: Accident occurred October 23, 2019 near Shady Acres Airport (3B8), Elk Plain, Pierce County, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Spanaway, WA
Accident Number: WPR20LA014
Date & Time: 10/23/2019, 1200 PDT
Registration: N615RJ
Aircraft: Vans RV 6
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 23, 2019, about 1200 Pacific daylight time, a Thompson JR RV-6 airplane, N615RJ, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power after takeoff from Shady Acres Airport, Spanaway, Washington. The pilot sustained minor injury and the passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The pilot reported that the initial taxi and run-up were normal. However, halfway throughout the initial take-off roll, the engine sputtered and the pilot aborted the takeoff. Subsequent run-up and take-off were normal. As the airplane ascended through 260 ft above ground level, the engine began to sputter and, shortly after, the engine lost all power. The pilot initiated a forced landing to an open field near the airport.

The airplane was relocated to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N615RJ
Model/Series: RV 6 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPLU, 539 ft msl
Observation Time: 1130 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.51 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Spanaway, WA (3B8)
Destination: Spanaway, WA (3B8)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 47.070278, -122.371111 (est)

A two-seater plane crashed Wednesday in a Pierce County field.

It was about 11:40 a.m. when the small aircraft went down in the 4200 block of 192nd Street East between Spanaway and Frederickson.

Several employees at a local business spotted the downed plane, called 911 and ran to help.

There were two men inside, ages 76 and 64.

The plane came to rest upside down, and Central Pierce firefighters had to extricate them.

Neither man suffered serious injuries, and both were walking around the scene.

“They’re lucky,” said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. “The passenger compartment is crushed.”

The plane took off from Shady Acres Airport in Elk Plain.

Investigators said the aircraft lost power then flipped over during an emergency landing in the field.

192nd Street East was closed in both directions for the investigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine what caused the Vans RV-6 aircraft to lose power.

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