REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 137

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N87570 Photo: Brian G Nichols 2008

N87570
"Sun'n'Fun" Splash In, Lakeland, Florida, USA
10 April 2008
Photo: courtesy Brian G Nichols

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 137
Manufacturing Date: 1946-11-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 hp at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Mode S Codes 53006117 / AC0C4F
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC87570
N87570
1946-11-?? Manufacturing Date.
1946-11-?? Test flight.
1946-11-14 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Seabee distributor E. W. Wiggins Airways, Inc.; Norwood, Massachusetts, USA.
   
1955-10-31 A/W Date.
   
   
(1987) John Pykosz; Box 364, Wilson, New York 14172.
   
1998-04-21 John B. Murphy; 585 Sellars Drive, Lake Alfred, Florida 33850-3325.
Co-owner: Dorothy E. Stringer.
2016-07-22 Winter Haven, Florida; About 0930 eastern daylight time, a Republic RC-3, N87570, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after takeoff from Winter Haven's Gilbert Airport (GIF), Winter Haven, Florida. The commercial pilot was fatally injured and the private pilot incurred serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight. The airplane was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the commercial pilot, who was also the pilot flying the airplane, the takeoff was normal until about 300 feet above ground level, when the non-flying private pilot stated she smelled fuel. The engine lost power shortly thereafter and the airplane began to descend. The airplane hit some trees and the engine regained power, but the airplane then impacted terrain and came to rest.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest between a garage and fence. The right elevator was embedded into the roof of the garage. The right wing was bent back behind the fuselage and sliced by the propeller blades of the rear mounted engine. The fuselage was resting on the right side with the left wing pointing skyward. The left wing exhibited impact damage on the leading edge. [NTSB Identification: ERA16LA266]

2017-04-30 C of R expired.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
NTSB.

N87570

N87570
Winter Haven, Florida, USA
22 July 2016
Photo: Please tell me!

N87570

N87570
Winter Haven, Florida, USA
22 July 2016
Photo: Please tell me!

N87570

N87570
Winter Haven, Florida, USA
22 July 2016
Photo: Please tell me!

N87570

N87570
Winter Haven, Florida, USA
22 July 2016
Photo: Please tell me!

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