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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43833
Last updated: 11 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-6
Registration: N606S
C/n / msn: 60213
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sinton, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Kestrel Airpark, TX (1T7)
Destination airport:Sinton, TX (T69)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The 18,730-hour airline transport rated pilot lost control of the homebuilt airplane while executing a GPS instrument approach to Runway 14 at a non-towered airport. The airport has two instrument approaches to Runway 14; a VOR/DME and a GPS. The published weather minimums for the GPS approach to Runway 14 was 500-foot ceiling and one mile visibility. One witness stated that the pilot made "two passes" before crashing at the runway's east end, and also stated that heavy fog prevailed at the time of the accident. Another witness said that they heard two "loud pops," came outside and saw smoke and a small fire, but no airplane. This witness also confirmed that it was foggy at the time. A post-impact fire consumed most of the airframe. A detailed examination of the airplane failed to reveal any anomalies with the airframe, structure, or systems. The engine was examined, and no mechanical anomalies were found. The examination of the propeller revealed one blade was slightly bent "forward"; the other blade did not have the appearance of being bent. Both blades had leading edge polishing. The propeller signatures are consistent with a propeller absorbing rotational energy with power into soft soil or sand. The flap actuator was found in the extended position, corresponding to a flaps "up" position. The automated weather station, located approximately 17-miles south of the accident site, reported at 0851; a 5-mile visibility in mist, a scattered sky at 10,000 feet and winds from 140 degrees at 6 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of control while performing an instrument approach. A contributing factor was the prevailing fog.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Feb-2017 19:06 junior sjc Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
04-Dec-2017 18:35 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]