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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37583
Last updated: 30 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-6T
Registration: N96VA
C/n / msn: 2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pettigrew, AR -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Aurora, MO (2H2)
Destination airport:Shreveport, LA (DTN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Prior to departing on the cross-country flight, the non-instrument rated private pilot obtained a standard weather briefing from an automated flight service station (AFSS). The AFSS briefer advised the pilot that there were flight advisories for instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), moderate turbulence, and moderate icing along the route of flight and VFR flight was not recommended. Witnesses located near the accident site heard the experimental airplane circling the wooded, mountainous area for about 10-15 minutes prior to hearing the sounds of the airplane impacting trees. The witnesses reported that the weather was foggy, and they estimated that the visibility was less than 400 feet. Examination of the airframe and engine did not disclose any structural or mechanical anomalies that would have prevented normal operation. The airplane was not equipped for flight in IMC.
Probable Cause: the pilot's continued flight into known adverse weather and his failure to maintain obstacle clearance. Contributing factors were adverse weather conditions, and the pilot's disregard for the forecasted adverse weather.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
04-Jul-2016 04:15 junior sjc Updated [Operator]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Jan-2017 19:13 junior sjc Updated [Narrative]
12-Dec-2017 18:34 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]