Friday, September 11, 2020

Van's RV-6A, N196DJ: Accident occurred September 11, 2020 in Melbourne, Brevard County, Florida

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.

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

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

Location: Melbourne, FL 
Accident Number: ERA20LA316
Date & Time: September 11, 2020, 09:15 Local
Registration: N196DJ
Aircraft: Vans RV6
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 10, 2020, at 0915 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Vans RV6, N196DJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Melbourne, Florida. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, on the day of the accident, he met with his friend and departed on a local flight to practice traffic pattern maneuvers. After the pattern maneuvers, the pilot departed the area and proceeded to an offshore practice area to continue flight maneuvers. Suddenly, the engine started running “very rough” and the pilot increased the mixture. The engine shuddered and came to a “hard stop,” and the propeller was not windmilling. The pilot attempted an engine restart and was able to get about one full propeller rotation before the engine “locked up.” The pilot made a forced landing on a beach and the airplane came to rest inverted, damaging the vertical stabilizer.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N196DJ
Model/Series: RV6 A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: X26,21 ft msl
Observation Time: 08:10 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /25°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 5°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4900 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Valkaria, FL (X59)
Destination: Valkaria, FL (X59 )

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 28,-80 (est)


One person was taken to the hospital after an experimental aircraft crashed in Melbourne Beach Friday morning, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue. 

Emergency responders arrived at the beach near Cove Road and State Road A1A around 9:30 a.m. to find the airplane flipped upside down on the beach. 

Of the two people inside the plane, one was taken to a local hospital with injuries while the other declined to be treated. 

The exact cause of the crash and nature of the person's injuries were not immediately known. 

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