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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68073
Last updated: 27 May 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: N43521
C/n / msn: 162
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Orland Haigh Field Airport, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Chico, CA (CIC)
Destination airport:Orland, CA (O37)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The flight instructor was conducting a biennial flight review with the commercial pilot. A witness reported that she observed the airplane heading in a southeast direction at an altitude of about 350 feet. The witness stated, "The plane began to execute a right hand turn, and then rolled over so the top of the plane was facing east and the nose was pointing down. I then saw the nose barely try to pull up, and I waited for it to come up, but it never did." A second witness, who was a first responder and was walking in close proximity to the accident site reported hearing the ground impact behind him, but was unaware that it was an airplane that had crashed, as he did not hear any engine noise prior to the impact. The witness reported smelling fuel and observing a pool of fuel forming under the wings after reaching the wreckage. Another first responder reported that he smelled a "strong odor" of aviation fuel as he approached the wreckage. GPS data revealed that the airplane had performed a 4-turn spiral over the airport prior to the descent to ground impact. Examination of the wreckage disclosed impact signatures and ground scars consistent with a stall/spin. A post accident examination of the engine and airframe revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall/spin.



Revision history:

27-Aug-2009 15:27 RobertMB Added
27-Aug-2009 15:30 RobertMB Updated
27-Aug-2009 15:51 RobertMB Updated
27-Aug-2009 21:03 Anon. Updated
28-Aug-2009 07:08 slowkid Updated
21-Feb-2011 03:39 Miller8848 Updated [Aircraft type]
07-Feb-2012 11:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
15-Mar-2017 07:44 junior sjc Updated [Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
02-Dec-2017 15:58 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]