REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 252

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N6072K

N6072K
Photo: courtesy of William P. Shaver

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 252
Manufacturing Date: 1947-01-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Mode S codes: 51761750 / A7E3E8
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6072K
N6072K
1947-01-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-01-?? Test flight.
1947-01-21 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Southern Airways Co.; Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
   
   
1998-07-25 Rodney L. Tufts; 4124 52nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95820-3044.
   
2003-01-28 Gipsy Barnstormers Inc.; 3511 Silverside Road, STE 105, Wilmington, DE 19810-4902.

William Shaver & Mr. Homer Wilson; 10300 Autumn Chase Road; Huntsville, Alabama 35803.

E-mail: wshaver@aol.com

2012-09-15

From preliminary NTSB Report # ERA12LA562:

On September 15, 2012, about 0950 central daylight time, a Republic RC-3 amphibious airplane, N6072K, collided with high tension power lines, during approach to Weiss Lake, Cedar Bluff, Alabama. The certificated private pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, which departed from Guntersville Municipal Airport (8A1), Guntersville, Alabama.

According to one of the pilot's friends, the purpose of the flight was to visit a friend who lived on Weiss Lake and also owned the same model of amphibious airplane
According to witnesses, on arrival in the local area, the airplane was observed to turn in an easterly direction and pass over his friend's house at approximately 400 feet above ground level. The airplane then turned left until it had reversed direction and then began to descend. Moments later the airplane struck a set of unmarked high tension power lines located on the eastern edge of the lake. The airplane then pitched nose up, its forward motion appeared to stop, and it rolled to the right until it was inverted, then fell onto the surface of the lake, and sank.
A post accident examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed no evidence of any preimpact failure or malfunction of the airplane or engine. 
According to FAA records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and airplane single-engine sea. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on April 19, 2010. He reported 400 total hours of flight experience on that date.
The recorded weather at Isbell Field Airport (4A9), Fort Payne, Alabama, located 19 nautical miles northwest of the accident site at 0955, included: calm winds, visibility 10 miles, sky clear, temperature 23 degrees C, dew point 15 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.21 inches of mercury.

Final Report NTSB ID No: ERA12LA562

2017-11-21 Still on FAA Registry per date.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Registry.
NTSB.

N6072K

N6072K
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N6072K

N6072K
Photo: NTSB

N6072K

N6072K
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