NTSB Identification: LAX90DVG14.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43205.
Accident occurred Monday, August 06, 1990 in WILLOWS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/23/1992
Aircraft: DON G. KAYE RV-3, registration: N840DK
Injuries: 1 Minor.

THE PILOT OF THIS HOMEBUILT EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF. AFTER LANDING ON THE RUNWAY THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED TAILWIND AND THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY AND NOSED OVER. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. THE AIRCRAFT WAS OPERATING WITH AUTOMOTIVE GASOLINE. THE OUTSIDE AIR TEMPERATURE WAS 107 DEGREES.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOTS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL ON THE RUNWAY AFTER EXPERIENCING A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER.

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