NTSB Identification: SEA00LA104.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, June 14, 2000 in HAMMETT, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/2001
Aircraft: LUNN (Vans) RV-6A, registration: N322KE
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
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The owner/pilot and pilot rated passenger departed to the west from a personal airstrip in the RV-6A homebuilt aircraft. The characteristic departure, according to local residents, was for the pilot to execute 180 degree turn, and return back over the departing airstrip before proceeding on course. The aircraft impacted the ground heading north slightly northwest of the airstrip. The crush angle on the aircraft's wings was noted to be about 20 degrees nose down and relatively wings level. No pre-impact engine or control malfunction was evident, nor was there any evidence of any pilot pre-impact impairment. The aircraft's airspeed indicator read 40-50 mph at the crash site. The stall speed for the 180 horsepower RV-6A, according to the manufacturer's specifications, was 50 mph.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's entering an inadvertent stall condition, and the lack of adequate altitude in which to successfully recover before ground impact. Full narrative available
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