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Old 08-21-2021, 12:12 PM
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Default Tore up my 6A - Need some guidance

So, I tore up my 6A this morning. I was taking off and needed to abort the takeoff. Thought I had enough runway left, but didnít quite get it stopped in time. Hit a wire fence and ditch at the end of our grass strip runway. No injuries (except bruised ego) and airplane did not flip. Collapsed the nose wheel at the end of the fork, prop strike, damage from a flying fence post on the left wing leading edge and top and bottom surfaces, damage to the left main gear fairing, top and bottom cowl, spinner, nose wheel pant, nose gear fairing. I know I will need a new nose wheel fork and top and bottom cowl and spinner. Will also need an engine tear down and new prop.

First, from what I read in the definitions in 49 CFR 380, even with all this, I believe this would be considered an incident, not an accident for NTSB purposes. Anyone disagree? I did call NTSB number and spoke with watch officer and gave details to be on the safe side. He was going to pass my contact info to duty officer for a call back. Havenít heard from them yet. Was able to get the plane towed back to my hangar using a furniture dolly on the nose wheel.

Iíve also notified insurance company answering service, but heard nothing back from them yet either.

For the engine tear down, is that something Iíll need to take the engine off the plane and ship it somewhere? Or will I need to make arrangements to have someone come to my hangar? No experience with this kind of thing before this. I presume for the damaged parts, Iíll need to order replacements from Vans. Iíll wait to hear from insurance claims adjuster before taking any actions. I didnít build the plane, so the repairs will involve some learning on my part. Anyone know if insurance will cover repainting in this kind of circumstance?

What else do I need to know at this point?

By the way, kudos to the Anti-Splat Aero Nose Job. While the nose wheel collapsed at the end of the fork when I hit the ditch, the nose gear leg itself did not collapse.
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Old 08-21-2021, 12:33 PM
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Insurance should be a turn key deal in this type circumstance. You shouldn't have to do anything other than opening the hangar door for them, and the insurance company should do whatever is needed to have your airplane repaired and return it to you in 100% restored condition.

Are you at a private strip? If so, you may need to do, help, or coordinate quite a bit more than you would if you were based somewhere with serious maintenance capabilities.

Glad you're OK.
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Old 08-21-2021, 12:39 PM
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Thanks Kyle. Yes, private strip (32GA) in Eatonton, GA.
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Old 08-21-2021, 12:40 PM
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My condolences, but glad you're ok.
Hope you get it back in the air soon.
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Old 08-21-2021, 12:43 PM
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Given the extent of the damage and depending on your insured value, the airplane may be totaled.

Engine will need to come off of the airplane and inspected and repaired as necessary. Depending on the age and hours on the engine, an overhaul may make sense but insurance will only pay for the removal, inspection, and repair of the parts damaged during the accident. They will also pay for the reinstall of the motor.

What occurred that an aborted takeoff was necessary?
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Old 08-21-2021, 01:41 PM
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Glad youíre okay. Itís always a quick judgment call on what to do when things are not right during takeoff.

On a recent test flight I also discovered after takeoff my oil inspection door was unlatched and standing up into the airstream. I slowed down to 80 knots, continued to pattern altitude fully expecting the door to separate and smack the canopy. Luckily it stayed on and I was able to do a normal landing without issue or damage.

Like I said, itís a quick decision that can have major implications. Sometimes we guess right and unfortunately a few times not so right. I once also made the decision to land on the remaining runway after discovering my canopy not secured and that worked out okay but only because I had sufficient runway and had just broken ground (less than 50í).

I wonít claim good pilot skills but itís hard to beat good luck!
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Old 08-21-2021, 01:53 PM
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Sorry to see this Jim. Glad youíre ok. Iím with Lemos, insurance likely to total your plane.
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Old 08-21-2021, 01:57 PM
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Insurance should be a turn key deal in this type circumstance. You shouldn't have to do anything other than opening the hangar door for them, and the insurance company should do whatever is needed to have your airplane repaired and return it to you in 100% restored condition.


Glad you're OK.
You mush have never been in one of these rodeos. Insurance will only tell you how much they will give you. It is on the owner to find a shop to work on an experimental, negotiate the cost, and supervise all work. If there are issues or frustrations, that is your problem to address.
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Old 08-21-2021, 02:01 PM
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I saw I had left the oil filler door unlatched. I thought I had enough runway left, but didnít account for wet grass. Would have been a better decision to go ahead and take off, and go around and land. If the oil filler door came off in flight, that would have been minor compared to the outcome.
Decisions are always easier with the benefit of hindsight.
I'm glad that you're OK. You can always repair or replace an airplane.
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Old 08-21-2021, 02:02 PM
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You mush have never been in one of these rodeos. Insurance will only tell you how much they will give you. It is on the owner to find a shop to work on an experimental, negotiate the cost, and supervise all work. If there are issues or frustrations, that is your problem to address.
You're saying I over-simplified? Maybe a little. Depends on the resources available nearby. Being at a private strip probably means the airplane has to be disassembled and moved in pieces to a maintenance facility. Pulling the wings is a big undertaking in a -6 or -6A.
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