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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211106
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-8
Registration: N8432
MSN: 80296
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Othello, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Mattawa, WA (M94)
Destination airport:Colfax, WA (S94)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
According to the pilot in the experimental, amateur-built, tailwheel-equipped airplane, during the takeoff roll on runway 25, the airplane weathervaned into the 11-knot crosswind from the south. The airplane exited the left side of the runway and struck a precision approach path indicator (PAPI) light, but the pilot continued the takeoff. During the initial climb, the passenger reported smelling fuel, but the airplane remained airborne until the fuel in the right tank was exhausted.
The pilot further reported that he was unsure if the landing gear were damaged, and he was unable to contact anyone at the airport to verify the landing gearís condition. He flew to a nearby airport, where the tower controller confirmed that the landing gear appeared undamaged. The pilot landed the airplane without further incident.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing spar and the elevator.
The nearest METAR to the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 200į at 10 knots.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll in crosswind conditions.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

16-May-2018 15:36 ASN Update Bot Added
13-Jun-2018 09:07 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Narrative]

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