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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43857
Last updated: 27 July 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: N320TX
C/n / msn: 20083
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pine Springs, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Tehachapi, CA
Destination airport:Warrenton, VA (W66)
Investigating agency: NTSB
A buyer had recently purchased the airplane and the accident pilot was ferrying the airplane from California to the new owner’s residence in Virginia, when the airplane was reported as overdue/missing. Several months later, the missing airplane was located in a remote area of New Mexico. An inspection of the wreckage revealed that all four corners of the aircraft were accounted for. The fuselage, wings, engine, landing gear and, empennage structure were identified along with all of the control surface structures. The engine was partially buried into the ground, and the leading edge/ribs of the aircraft were crushed in an accordion fashion. Additionally, the wreckage was found to be centralized in one area. A follow-on examination of the engine and airframe failed to identify any pre-impact mechanical anomalies. A review of radar information showed the last radar hit of the airplane at an altitude of 7,400 feet heading eastbound. The weather was VFR; however, several In-Flight Advisories (AIRMETs) were in effect for the airplane’s route of flight for low visibility conditions, moderated turbulence, and surface winds in excess of 30 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of control for undetermined reasons.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
29-Jul-2014 06:24 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Feb-2017 19:07 junior sjc Updated [Narrative]
28-Feb-2017 20:13 junior sjc Updated [Narrative]
04-Dec-2017 18:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]