Monday, July 11, 2022

Van's RV-6, N184CB: Accident occurred July 03, 2022 in Aurora, Colorado

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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Hodges, Michael

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

Location: Aurora, Colorado
Accident Number: CEN22LA308
Date and Time: July 3, 2022, 07:35 Local 
Registration: N184CB
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 3, 2022, about 0735 mountain daylight time, a Van’s Aircraft RV-6 airplane, N184CB, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Aurora, Colorado. The pilot sustained no injury and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane had a total of 35 gallons of fuel onboard for the cross-country flight. The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff from runway 26, he began a left turn when the engine lost power. The pilot contacted the control tower about the loss of engine power, and he was cleared to land to runway 8. After assessing the altitude and airspeed, the pilot determined that the airplane would not be able to land to runway 8. The pilot decided to perform a forced landing straight ahead to a flat cornfield. The airplane came to rest upright in the field and the occupants were able to egress from the airplane without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount and the fuselage. The airplane was recovered from the field for a future examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SPAUR CHARLES
Registration: N184CB
Model/Series: VANS RV-6 NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDEN, 5431 ft msl
Observation Time: 06:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 16000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Aurora, CO
Destination: Salida, CO (ANK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.794083,-104.5719 (est)

Aircraft experienced engine issues after departure and landed in a field. 

Date: 03-JUL-22
Time: 13:35:00Z
Regis#: N184CB
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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