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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199984
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-8
Registration: N184SJ
MSN: 81645
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Orange Municipal Airport (KORE), Orange, MA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Orange, MA (ORE)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector reported that, during a telephone conversation, the pilot reported that, during the climb, he noticed the engine cylinder heat temperature gauge exceed 500F. The pilot added that he immediately turned back to the departure airport, and while in the downwind for the landing runway, the engine lost power. The pilot further added that the airplane immediately lost altitude and cleared a tree line in the path to the runway but then impacted terrain hard in a base-to-final flightpath near the runway threshold. He added that, when he exited the airplane, he observed an engine cowl plug installed on the right side of the engine cowl and removed it.
The right wing and fuselage sustained substantial damage.
The FAA inspector reported that he traveled to the accident, and while on-site, he observed the left cowl plug melted onto the engine cylinders. He added that the right cowl plug was found on the ground near the airplane.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Form 6120.1 Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to remove the engine cowl plugs during preflight, which resulted in excessive engine cylinder head temperatures during climb and a total loss of engine power.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report



Photo of N184SJ courtesy

Oshkosh - Wittman Regional (KOSH / OSH)
26 July 2010; (c) Alex Christie

Revision history:

27-Sep-2017 04:45 Geno Added
27-Sep-2017 10:24 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code]
23-Dec-2017 20:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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