NTSB Identification: WPR16LA049
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 02, 2016 in Salem, OR
Aircraft: Kai Engstad RV-8A, registration: N958RV
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On January 2, 2016, about 1530 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur-built Kai Engstad RV-8A airplane, N958RV, was substantially damaged following a loss of engine power and subsequent forced landing at McNary Field (SLE), Salem, Oregon. The pilot, who was also the owner/builder of the airplane, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which was operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight had departed SLE about 1500.
In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that while turning from base leg to final approach, the engine surged, which was followed by a partial loss of engine power. The pilot stated that subsequent to the power loss, and knowing that he would not be able to make the runway, he set up and landed about 50 yards short of the runway. During the landing roll the nose landing gear collapsed. A postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector revealed that the airplane's firewall was substantially damaged.
The airplane was recovered to a secured location for further examination.
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV8
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-09
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED SHORT OF THE RUNWAY AND WENT ONTO ITS NOSE, SALEM, OR