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Tail numberN5246
Accident dateNovember 25, 2002
Aircraft typeGirard RV-4
LocationHomer, LA
Near 32.796111 N, -93.006944 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On November 25, 2002, approximately 0730 central standard time, a Girard RV-4 single-engine experimental airplane, N5246, was destroyed after an in-flight collision with trees shortly after takeoff from Homer Municipal Airport, Homer, Louisiana. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. The non-instrument rated private pilot and his passenger sustained fatal injuries. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The cross-country flight originated from the Homer Municipal Airport, about ten minutes prior to the accident and was destined for the pilot's private airstrip near Beaux Bridge, Louisiana.

Witnesses close to the accident site reported that "very thick fog had rolled in about 6:30." The aircraft departed from runway 30. After takeoff the airplane made a right turn paralleling the departure runway. The witnesses heard the engine "sputter", then "race up in rpm" followed by the sound of the impact.

The wreckage was located north of the departure end of runway 30 in a marsh area that surrounded the airport. The initial impact was with trees approximately 30 feet in height. The airplane came to rest nose down in approximately 3 feet of water. The FAA inspector who responded to the accident site reported that the airplane was destroyed from the cabin area forward.

At 0721, the weather reporting facility located at the Shreveport Downtown Airport (DTN), Shreveport, Louisiana, (located 47 miles southwest of the accident site) issued a special weather report, which reported wind 300 degrees at 4 knots, visibility 1/2 statute mile, fog, ceiling 200 feet overcast, temperature 11 degrees C, dew point 11 degrees C, and an altimeter of 30.12 inches of Mercury.

At 0714, the weather reporting facility located at the Monroe Regional Airport (MLU), Monroe, Louisiana, (located 55 miles southeast of the accident site) issued a special weather report, which reported winds calm, visibility 2 1/2 statute miles, mist, few clouds at 100 feet, temperature 6 degrees C, dew point 6 degrees C, and an altimeter of 30.14 inches of Mercury.

Homer Municipal Airport is an uncontrolled airport at an elevation of 244 feet mean sea level. Asphalt runway 12/30 is 3,199 feet in length and 60 feet wide. The airport guide indicates approximate 60 foot in height trees are located about 205 feet off both ends of the runway thresholds and about 195 to 200 feet from runway centerline.

Post-Mortem examination performed on the pilot by Forensic Pathologists, Inc., Bossier City, LA, reported that the pilot's cause of death was a result of multiple severe injuries. Toxicological samples were sent to the Federal Aviation Administration Civil Aeromedical Institute, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for analysis. The results of the analysis were negative.

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