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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157300
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Van's RV-7A
Registration: N445RV
MSN: 71938
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Marion, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Seguin, TX (E70)
Destination airport:Marion, TX (1TE4)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Witnesses reported observing the pilot make two unsuccessful landing attempts in the dark at the unlit airport. The airplane's landing lights were not on. During a third landing attempt, the airplane collided with power lines and trees. The pilot had a history of heart disease and had been given a special issuance third-class airman medical certificate; however, it was not valid at the time of the accident. A toxicology report indicated the use of Losartan, a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure. Although the autopsy did not identify evidence of a recent heart attack, the autopsy did identify evidence indicating that the pilot was at risk for a sudden cardiac event that could result in incapacitation and concluded that the pilot died as a result of hypertensive and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. It is likely that the pilotís sudden incapacitation and death during the flight resulted in the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilotís sudden incapacitation and natural death as a result of cardiovascular disease.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Jun-2013 06:15 Geno Added
28-Jun-2013 16:52 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
29-Jun-2013 20:48 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Destination airport]
11-Sep-2016 07:16 junior sjc Updated [Location, Source]
16-Sep-2016 05:43 junior sjc Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 07:34 junior sjc Updated [Location, Nature, Narrative]
29-Nov-2017 08:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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