Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Arness Lake Airstrip Airport

Nikiski, Alaska 99635
Wednesday, September 10, 2003 16:15 AKD

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The private pilot reported that after takeoff, as he climbed the experimental/homebuilt airplane to about 1,200 feet above the ground, the engine began to misfire, and he elected to return to the departure airstrip. As the flight entered the traffic pattern for landing, he retarded the throttle to begin his approach, and all engine power was lost. During the emergency approach to the 1,740 foot long gravel-covered airstrip, he inadvertently flew further down the airstrip than planned. After touchdown, he was unable to stop his landing roll before reaching the end of the airstrip. The airplane subsequently rolled down an embankment, into an area of swampy, soft terrain, and nosed over. The airplane sustained structural damage to the wings and fuselage. The pilot did not indicate what precipitated the loss of engine power.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
A loss of engine power for an undetermined reason, which resulted in an overrun during the emergency landing, and subsequent nose over in swampy terrain.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date9/10/2003 
Event Day of the WeekWednesday 
Time of Event1615 
Event Time Zone-- 
Event CityNikiski 
Event StateALASKA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site99635 
Event Date Year2003 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision Indicator-- 
On Ground Collision occurred ?-- 
Event Location Latitude603800N 
Event Location Longitude1511800W 
Event Location AirportArness Lake Airstrip 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID6Z1 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourcePilot 
Time of the weather observation 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)-- 
Weather Observation Facility ID-- 
Elevation of weather observation facility-- 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)-- 
Time Zone of the weather observation-- 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest Ceiling-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 50 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)16 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-- 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)-- 
Variable Wind Indicator-- 
Wind Speed (knots)-- 
Wind Velocity Indicator Light and Variable 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) -- 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
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)15257 
NTSB Notification SourceANC FAA, ROC  
NTSB Notification DateSep 10 2003 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1625 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 28 2004 3:34PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeAnchorage FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN20TZ 
NTSB NumberANC03LA112 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft Explosion-- 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameDusseau 
Aircraft ModelKitfox  
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number596080188 
Certified Max Gross Weight1550 
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 InspectionConditional 
Date of Last InspectionOct 13 2002 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection262 
Airframe Hours338 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameBrenda L. Stoops 
Aircraft Owner Street AddressP.O. Box 2725 
Aircraft Owner CityKenai  
Aircraft Owner StateAK 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode99611 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NamePaul D. Dale  
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street AddressP.O. Box 2725 
Operator CityKenai  
Operator StateAK 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code99611 
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 Code6Z1  
Departure CityNikiski 
Departure StateAK 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1600 
Departure Time ZoneADT 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code6Z1  
Destination CityNikiski 
Destination StateAK 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightCruise 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordFeb 27 2004 2:17PM 
User who most recently changed recordPETL  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location21 
Runway Length1740 
Runway Width40 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--