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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 198960
Last updated: 2 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PTS2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aviat S-2C
Registration: N177CD
C/n / msn: 6069
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Abingdon, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Abingdon, VA (VJI)
Destination airport:Abingdon, VA (VJI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The RV-6 was equipped with a radio and the Pitts S-2C was not. Both airplanes were in the airport traffic pattern after completing a local flight, and the pilots were flying a visual approach to runway 24. The pilot of the RV-6 flew a tighter traffic pattern and made radio calls. The pilot of the Pitts flew a wider traffic pattern and did not see the RV-6 ahead and below. As the airplanes landed nearly simultaneously on runway 24, the propeller of the Pitts contacted and partially separated the empennage of the RV-6. The recorded weather at the airport about the time of the accident included clear skies, visibility of 10 miles, and wind from 260 degrees at 4 knots.
Probable Cause: The failure of the Pitts pilot to see and avoid the RV-6 that had landed ahead. Contributing to the accident was the Pitts pilot's inability to hear the RV-6 pilot's radio calls due to the lack of a radio in the Pitts.



Revision history:

19-Aug-2017 16:04 ASN Update Bot Added
19-Aug-2017 16:04 ASN Update Bot Updated [Narrative]

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