Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport

Fernandina Bch, Florida 32034
Friday, May 12, 2000 13:38 EDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot stated the engine lost power on initial takeoff climb at about 200 feet. He attempted a forced landing by applying full left rudder and forward stick to maintain airspeed. He said he had no further recollection of the accident. Witness stated they observed the airplane on climb out. The airspeed was described as slow. The airplane was observed to make a steep left turn (45-degrees or more) between 200 to 250 feet. The nose of the airplane pitched down and the airplane collided with terrain. Examination of the flight control system and engine assembly revealed no evidence of a precrash mechanical failure or malfunction.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons, and the pilot's failure to maintain airspeed resulting in an inadvertent stall., in-flight collision with terrain, and subsequent nose over.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date5/12/2000 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event1338 
Event Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time 
Event CityFERNANDINA BCH 
Event StateFLORIDA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site32034 
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude303634N 
Event Location Longitude0812738W 
Event Location AirportFernandina Beach Municipal 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID55J 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation15 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1255 Eastern Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)225 
Weather Observation Facility IDJAX 
Elevation of weather observation facility30 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)15 
Time Zone of the weather observationEDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height5500 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)34 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)19 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)260 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)10 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.98 
Density Altitude (feet)1200 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjurySerious 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)14071 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA Communications Center  
NTSB Notification DateMay 12 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1510 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 30 2003 9:55AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN760WB 
NTSB NumberMIA00LA152 
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePiper 
Aircraft ModelPA-18-150 
Aircraft Series IdentifierPA-18-150 
Aircraft Serial Number18-7770 
Certified Max Gross Weight1625 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassUnknown 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionJun 1 1999 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameIsland Aerial Tours, Inc 
Aircraft Owner Street Address1600 Airport Road 
Aircraft Owner CityFernandina Beach 
Aircraft Owner StateFL 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode32034 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameWILLIAM O. RABITAILLE 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address105 PINTAIL COURT 
Operator CityFERNANDINA 
Operator StateFL 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code32034 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeN55J 
Departure CityFERNANDINA BCH 
Departure StateFL 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1338 
Departure Time ZoneEDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code-- 
Destination City-- 
Destination State-- 
Destination Country-- 
Specific Phase of FlightManeuvering 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordJul 2 2003 4:06PM 
User who most recently changed recordKENJ  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--