Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Republic Seabee at Lower Russian Lake

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    1,645

    Default Republic Seabee at Lower Russian Lake

    While staying at Barber cabin, our group hiked to the wreck of the Republic Sea Plane at Lower Russian. Tried to research it on the interwebs to learn about when and why it went down. Found some pics, but no info. Would be interested in learning about it. Anyone here know?
    Hunt Ethically. Respect the Environment.

  2. #2
    Member sayak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Central peninsula, between the K-rivers
    Posts
    5,719

    Default

    There is a site that documents every airplane crash in Alaska, but it would be helpful to know the year.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Palmer, AK
    Posts
    43

    Default

    I only see 3 NTSB reports in AK. Nenana, Kechikan and Skwentna. It may have been prior to 1962 since it doesn't seem to appear in the database. A serial or N number may help.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

  4. #4
    Member Float Pilot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Kachemak Bay Alaska
    Posts
    4,105

    Default

    The three mentioned above:


    Aircraft: REPUBLIC RC3, registration: N6187K

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    FILE DATE LOCATION AIRCRAFT DATA INJURIES FLIGHT PILOT DATA
    F S M/N PURPOSE
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3-2873 64/9/12 NR.NENANA ALAS REPUBLIC RC3 CR- 0 0 1 NONCOMMERCIAL PRIVATE, AGE 47, 800
    TIME - 1145 N6187K PX- 0 0 0 PLEASURE/PERSONAL TRANSP TOTAL HOURS, 220 IN TYPE,
    DAMAGE-SUBSTANTIAL OT- 0 0 0 NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.
    TYPE OF ACCIDENT PHASE OF OPERATION
    ENGINE FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION IN FLIGHT: NORMAL CRUISE
    HARD LANDING LANDING: LEVEL OFF/TOUCHDOWN
    PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
    PILOT IN COMMAND - INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT PREPARATION AND/OR PLANNING
    MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - FUEL EXHAUSTION
    COMPLETE POWER LOSS - COMPLETE ENGINE FAILURE/FLAMEOUT-1 ENGINE
    EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES - FORCED LANDING OFF AIRPORT ON LAND


    National Transportation Safety Board
    Washington, DC 20594
    Brief of
    Adopted
    Make/Model:
    Engine Make/Model:
    Aircraft Damage:
    Number of Engines:
    Operating Certificate(s):
    Fatal Serious Minor/None
    Crew
    Pass
    Last Depart. Point:
    Destination:
    Airport Proximity:
    Condition of Light:
    Weather Info Src:
    Basic Weather:
    Lowest Ceiling:
    Visibility:
    Wind Dir/Speed:
    Temperature (C):
    Precip/Obscuration:
    Pilot-in-Command Age:
    Certificate(s)/Rating(s)
    Flight Time (Hours)
    Total All Aircraft:
    Last 90 Days:
    Total Make/Model:
    Total Instrument Time:
    Printed on : 03/16/2016 03:56:49 AM
    Accident
    ANC84LA133
    File No. 2444 08/12/1984 SKWENTNA ,AK Aircraft Reg No. N87459 Time (Local): 19:00 AKD
    Republic/RC-3
    Franklin / 6A8-215-B9F
    Destroyed
    1
    Personal
    Part 91: General Aviation
    BIRCHWOOD, AK
    Same as Accident/Incident Location
    Off Airport/Airstrip
    0 0 1
    0 0 1
    Day
    Pilot
    Visual Conditions
    None
    200.00 SM
    Calm
    21
    *** Note: NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare
    this aircraft accident report. ***
    DURING CRUISE, PLT WAS TROUBLESHOOTING RHYTHMIC POWER INTERRUPTION (MISSING) WHEN FIRE BROKE OUT IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. PLT HEADED FOR
    ARPT, GEAR DOWN, BUT ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING OFF ARPT WHEN THE FIRE INTENSIFIED. LANDING GEAR SHEARED IN HEAVY BRUSH ON
    TOUCHDOWN. PLT STATED THE ACFT HAD CONSIDERABLE MAINTENANCE PERFORMED ON THE ENGINE 1.5 HOURS PRIOR TO THIS FLIGHT BUT THERE WERE NO LOG
    BOOK ENTRIES OF WORK PERFORMED. QUALIFICATIONS/CERTIFICATION OF MAINTENANCE PERSON CITED AS PERFORMING WORK ARE UNDETERMINED. ACFT WAS
    DESTROYED BY POST-LANDING FIRE, NEGATING PRECISE FINDING OF ORIGINAL FIRE SOURCE/CAUSE.


    ANC96FA079
    File No. 828 05/24/1996 KETCHIKAN ,AK Aircraft Reg No. N99FJ Time (Local): 18:00 AKD
    Republic/RC-3 SEABEE
    Lycoming / GO-480
    Destroyed
    1
    None
    Personal
    Part 91: General Aviation
    Same as Accident/Incident Location
    Local Flight, AK
    Off Airport/Airstrip
    1 0 0
    1 0 0
    Day
    Witness
    Visual Conditions
    8000 Ft. AGL, Broken
    25.00 SM
    150 / 015 kts
    10
    *** Note: NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work
    without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report. ***
    The tail of the airplane sank while it was parked on the beach at Eagle Lake. The pilot obtained help, and the airplane was refloated on
    May 24, 1996. The people who helped refloat the airplane stated the surface of Eagle Lake was 'glassy water.' The pilot indicated that he
    would depart the Lake immediately after the help had departed; however, the airplane did not arrive at the destination. Subsequently,
    evidence was found that the airplane had crashed and had sank in the lake. A sponson was found floating on the lake. Damage on the sponson
    showed that it had torn away from the airplane's wing, consistent with a rearward force. Also, a video tape showed airplane wreckage
    scattered over the bottom of the lake. According to the accident pilot's son, the airplane had a history of leaking in the tail. He stated
    that his father, the accident pilot, was going to purchase a new bilge pump upon arriving at Ketchikan.
    Floatplane,Tailwheel and Firearms Instructor- Dragonfly Aero
    Experimental Hand-Loader, NRA Life Member
    http://site.dragonflyaero.com

  5. #5
    Member Float Pilot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Kachemak Bay Alaska
    Posts
    4,105

    Default

    Could be a Spencer Air Car. They look like a Seabee and there used to be a guy in Sterling who owned one.
    Floatplane,Tailwheel and Firearms Instructor- Dragonfly Aero
    Experimental Hand-Loader, NRA Life Member
    http://site.dragonflyaero.com

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    1,436

    Default

    That old Seabee has been there since BEFORE 1952, when I first saw it. Never learned the history of the mishap, nor who owned/flew it.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •