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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21580
Last updated: 30 January 2020
This record is based on the official accident investigation report. It has been locked for editing.

Date:02-JUL-2008
Time:13:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-6
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N27WR
C/n / msn: 21073
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:1.5 miles northwest of Sierraville Deerwater Airport, Sierraville, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Truckee, CA (KTRK)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The airplane was observed maneuvering at a low altitude over a sparsely populated wooded area during daylight hours in visual meteorological conditions. There were no known witnesses to the accident sequence. Wreckage and impact signatures were consistent with level attitude, high-speed impact with trees and terrain. The wreckage debris path was about 200 feet in length and all major components of the airplane were located within the debris path. A United States Forest Service lookout tower personnel, located about 12 miles east southeast of the accident site stated that around mid day, visibility was about 1/4 to 1/2 miles with heavy smoke in the area. A local law enforcement officer reported that the day of the accident, visibility was marginal due to smoke in the area of the accident. Examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunction.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with trees and terrain while maneuvering Contributing to the accident was the reduced visibility in the area due to smoke.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20080711X01023&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jul-2008 08:59 Fusko Added
07-Jul-2008 12:26 harro Updated
12-Jul-2008 08:56 Fusko Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
06-Mar-2017 11:47 junior sjc Updated [Source, Narrative, Plane category]
07-Mar-2017 07:56 junior sjc Updated [Source]
03-Dec-2017 11:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]