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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68504
Last updated: 7 January 2020
This record is based on the official accident investigation report. It has been locked for editing.

Date:05-OCT-2009
Time:12:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-6
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N455RC
C/n / msn: 455
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:near Magnolia, NC -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Wilmington, NC (ILM)
Destination airport:Louisburg, NC (LHZ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The non-instrument-rated pilot was on a visual-flight-rules flight when he contacted air traffic control and stated that he was "in the thick of the weather." Air traffic control subsequently observed the airplane on radar at 1,500 feet, circling, before being lost off of radar. A witness reported that it was raining heavily when he noticed an airplane spinning out of the clouds toward the ground. The recorded weather near the accident site about the time of the accident included: winds from 020 degrees at 7 knots, visibility of 7 miles in light rain, with a ceiling of 300 feet broken, 2,500 feet broken, 7,000 feet overcast. According to Air Traffic Control Service personnel there were no records of any communication with the flight service station or entries made in the direct user access terminal system (DUATS) prior to pilot's flight. Examination of the aircraft structure, flight controls, systems, and engine by an FAA inspector showed no evidence of precrash failure or malfunction.
Probable Cause: The pilot's continued visual flight into instrument meterological conditions and his subsequent failure to maintain aircraft control. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's inadequate preflight evaluation of the weather.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20091005X51915&key=1
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N455RC/history

FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N455RC


Images:


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Oct-2009 21:38 slowkid Added
06-Oct-2009 09:20 slowkid Updated
06-Oct-2009 10:55 Geno Updated
07-Apr-2010 11:21 harro Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
05-Oct-2011 23:12 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2016 20:23 junior sjc Updated [Aircraft type]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
19-Mar-2017 07:12 junior sjc Updated [Location, Damage, Narrative]
19-Mar-2017 18:02 junior sjc Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
02-Dec-2017 17:06 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]