Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Private Airport

Elberon, Virginia 23846
Tuesady, October 2, 2001 18:28 EDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The engine start, taxi, and run-up seemed normal. The pilot then tookoff on runway 09, a 1,800-foot long, 50-foot wide turf runway. About 50 feet above the ground, the engine lost partial power, and the pilot lowered the nose of the airplane. He then turned right to avoid tree stumps, and the airplane impacted in a soybean field, located off the right side of the runway. The pilot added that within the 60-day period prior to the accident, on two occasions, he had difficulty priming the engine. However, after each occurrence, the fittings and primer hose appeared normal. The airport manager examined the airplane after the accident. He observed that the primer hose, which connected the fuel primer to both carburetors, was loose. The manager could not be certain if it was loose before the impact, or if the impact loosened the hose. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the engine. He was able to rotate the propeller by hand, and attain thumb compression on both cylinders. The inspector observed fuel in the fuel bowl, it appeared similar to automotive gasoline, and was absent of contamination. Due to safety concerns, the inspector did not attempt to check the spark plugs.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
A partial power loss for undetermined reasons.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date10/2/2001 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event1828 
Event Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time 
Event CityElberon 
Event StateVIRGINIA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site23846 
Event Date Year2001 
Event Date Month10 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportPrivate 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDNONE 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles0.5 
Degrees magnetic from airport90 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1854 Eastern Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)60 
Weather Observation Facility IDPHF 
Elevation of weather observation facility43 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)12 
Time Zone of the weather observationEDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
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)19 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)14 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)-- 
Variable Wind Indicator-- 
Wind Speed (knots)-- 
Wind Velocity Indicator Calm 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.03 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
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)13104 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA EROC  
NTSB Notification DateOct 2 2001 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1930 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordMay 1 2003 7:34AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeRichmond, VA 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN673KD 
NTSB NumberNYC02LA001 
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 NameClark 
Aircraft ModelT Bird II 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number900110 
Certified Max Gross Weight1000 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?Yes 
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 InspectionMay 16 2001 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection49 
Airframe Hours49 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameRichard B. Clark 
Aircraft Owner Street Address-- 
Aircraft Owner CityHampton 
Aircraft Owner State-- 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode23666 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Name-- 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
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 CodeNONE 
Departure CityElberon 
Departure StateVA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1828 
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 FlightTakeoff - initial climb 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordMar 27 2002 12:48PM 
User who most recently changed recordPEAR  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location090 
Runway Length1800 
Runway Width50 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--