|Manufacturer:||Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.|
|Type Certificate No:||A-769|
|Engine:||Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 hp at 2500 RPM)|
|Remarks:||Mode S Codes 53006117 / AC0C4F|
|1946-11-14||Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Seabee distributor E. W. Wiggins Airways, Inc.; Norwood, Massachusetts, USA.|
|(1987)||John Pykosz; Box 364, Wilson, New York 14172.|
B. Murphy; 585 Sellars Drive, Lake Alfred, Florida 33850-3325.
Co-owner: Dorothy E. Stringer.
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.|
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