Flying Cloud Airport (KFCM)
Eden Praire, Minnesota, USA
18 June 1967
Photo: © Richard Bugbee courtesy of Dan Bugbee
Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
spray rails, "splates" wing tips.
Mode S Codes: 52111645 / A893A5
delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Metcalf Flying Service,
Inc.; Walbridge, Ohio, USA.
Bugbee; Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
M. Pressley; Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.
G. Buckaloo; PO Box 202, Mendocino, California 95460.
occurred Wednesday, 12 September 1984 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The antique aircraft was purchased and a ferry
flight to California was attempted with very limited dual instruction
and minimal knowledge of the aircraft. The propeller installed on the
aircraft was not in accordance with FAA specification. An STC was
available for the propeller, but maintenance logs did not reflect the
installation of the propeller or if the STC had been complied with.
According to pilot's statement, in the 6 hours of
experience in the aircraft, the max engine RPM attained was
2,000. During the initial legs of the ferry from Morristown, TN,
numerous takeoffs were aborted because the aircraft would not
accelerate to proper take off speed. Prior to the accident 2
unsuccessful takeoffs were aborted on the 9,000 ft runway. On
the third try the aircraft climbed to about 200 ft but was unable to
maintain altitude. In an attempt to clear a highway, the pilot
raised the nose until the aircraft stalled, entered an uncontrolled
descent and impacted the ground short of the road.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable
causes of this accident as follows:
- Operation with known deficiencies in equipment.. performed..
pilot in command.
- Unsafe/hazardous condition.. disegarded.. pilot in command.
- Airspeed (VS).. not maintained.. pilot in command.
- Propeller system/accessories.. improper.
- Inadequate transition/upgrade training.. pilot in command.
NTSB Identification: MKC84LA275
from US CAR.
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