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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 198697
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Van's RV-7
Registration: N5897R
MSN: 73692
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Casa Grande Airport, AZ (CGZ) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Madison, MN (DXX)
Destination airport:Casa Grande Airport, AZ (CGZ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, during his second flight, following the installation of a new autopilot, he noticed on short final that the mixture was set too lean. He added that, “with a gloved hand,” he pushed the mixture in to a richer setting and accidently turned on the autopilot, which was located directly above the mixture control. The autopilot was set to navigation mode, heading mode, and altitude mode from a previous flight. The pilot reported that he was “fighting the auto pilot” and that the airplane aerodynamically stalled, which resulted in a hard landing.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s inadvertent application of the autopilot during short final, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and hard landing.



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

Revision history:

19-Aug-2017 14:15 ASN Update Bot Added
30-Mar-2018 19:44 junior sjc Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
30-Mar-2018 19:46 harro Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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