NTSB Identification: CEN10LA276
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 29, 2010 in Collinsville, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/11/2011
Aircraft: COVELL KEVIN SCOTT VANS RV-4, registration: N74RV
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Shortly after takeoff, when the airplane was approximately 150 feet off the ground, the engine lost power. The pilot elected to make a 180-degree turn back to the airstrip to conduct the forced landing. During the turn, the airplane’s wing and nosed dropped and the airplane impacted terrain in a nearby pasture. A postcrash fire consumed a majority of airplane’s cabin/cockpit and the engine area sustained heat damage. A postaccident examination of the airplane and engine failed to identify a reason for the loss of engine power.

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

A loss of engine power shortly after takeoff for undetermined reasons. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's decision to make a 180-degree turn at low level.

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