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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43764
Last updated: 20 June 2020
This record is based on the official accident investigation report. It has been locked for editing.

Type:Silhouette image of generic RV6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-6A
Registration: N94KA
C/n / msn: 22162
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Greeley, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Erie, CO (EIK)
Destination airport:Greeley, CO (GXY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
A witness observed the airplane on a "close and tight" downwind leg for the runway at an altitude of approximately 400 feet above ground level. While on the downwind leg, the airplane was in "slow flight in a nose high attitude." The witness observed the airplane enter a steep left turn from the downwind to base leg, and "at that time, I thought it was going to stall and spin.". The airplane's wings rolled level and the airplane began to porpoise. During the porpoise, the witness noted hearing changes to the engine power. The airplane then entered another steep left turn with the wings almost vertical to terrain. "I could see the entire top of the plane during the turn and the engine RPM was increased dramatically, maybe to full power." The witness observed the "nose pitch up and the right wing if a falling leaf." Subsequently, the airplane entered a spin (1.5 rotations) and impacted terrain. The witness stated that during his observation "the engine was operating under power the entire time." The airplane came to rest inverted in grass terrain adjacent to a drainage ditch approximately 1/2 mile from the threshold of the runway and was destroyed by post impact fire. Examination of the airframe and engine revealed no anomalies.
Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to maintain airspeed resulting in an inadvertent stall and impact with terrain.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Mar-2017 07:35 junior sjc Updated [Narrative]
04-Dec-2017 18:41 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]