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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179225
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-8A
Registration: N393MC
MSN: 81143
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Twin Lakes Airport (8A7), Mocksville, Davie county, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Advance, NC (8A7)
Destination airport:Advance, NC (8A7)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilots, who co-owned the airplane, departed for a personal flight and, after completing one circuit around the airport traffic pattern, were performing a low-altitude, high-speed pass over the runway. About halfway down the runway length, the airplane entered a barrel roll to the left and, after passing through 180 degrees of roll, began a descent that continued to ground contact. Postaccident examination of the flight controls revealed no evidence of preimpact failure or malfunction. Although the rear seat flight control stick was found separated and had not been properly secured in compliance with a service bulletin, it was damaged in a manner consistent with the impact and likely did not contribute to a loss of control. The pilots' decision to perform aerobatic maneuvers at low altitude significantly diminished their margin for error, and once the airplane began to descend while maneuvering, the pilots likely did not have adequate time to recover before impacting the ground.
Probable Cause: The pilots' failure to maintain airplane control during a low-altitude maneuver.



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

Revision history:

03-Sep-2015 00:59 Geno Added
03-Sep-2015 06:04 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
03-Sep-2015 14:58 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
04-Sep-2015 06:13 Iceman29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Sep-2015 23:01 Geno Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Feb-2017 17:42 PiperOnslaught Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 09:44 ASN Update Bot Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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