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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 73790
Last updated: 3 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-6A
Registration: N84KM
C/n / msn: 60564
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lake Osborne, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:West Palm Beach, FL (LNA)
Destination airport:Pahokee, FL (PHK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Witnesses reported that the pilot of the experimental, amateur-built airplane was working on the engine's alternator and then planned to fly from his home airport, to an airport about 30 miles away, to purchase fuel. Shortly after takeoff, witnesses heard the engine noise cease. The airplane then stalled and entered a spin, descending nose-down into a lake, about 1/8 mile east of the departure airport. A postaccident examination of the wreckage revealed that both fuel tanks were compromised during impact and had been filled with water. The quantity of fuel, if any, in the fuel tanks prior to impact could not be determined; the airplane's last fueling could not be verified. The examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions. Toxicology results indicated that the pilot had used marijuana and an over-the-counter antihistamine. The condition of the samples tested did not permit accurate determination of when the substances might have most recently been used or whether the pilot may have been impaired by their use.
Probable Cause: The total loss of engine power and the pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and spin. The reason for the loss of power could not be determined.




Photo: FAA

Revision history:

03-Apr-2010 18:28 RobertMB Added
20-Feb-2011 07:16 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
25-Mar-2017 20:45 junior sjc Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Nov-2017 16:36 ASN Update Bot Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]