May 6, 2010, Prague, Okla., Vans RV-8 Experimental


The airplane sustained substantial damage at about 1000 Central time during a forced landing following the loss of a propeller blade while in cruise flight. The solo private pilot received minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

In an interview, the pilot reported departing the local airport and was in cruise flight when a blade from the three-blade wooden propeller separated from the airplane. The pilot shut down the engine and elected to conduct a forced landing in a field. During the landing, the airplane missed a fence, bounced, and then flipped over, coming to rest in the inverted position. The pilot added that he had recently installed the propeller, and had about 10 hours of flight time on it.


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