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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220746
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Time:12:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-8A
Registration: N800KE
MSN: 82281
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Whidbey Airpark (W10), Langley, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Everett-Snohomish County Airport, WA (PAE/KPAE)
Destination airport:Langley, WA (W10)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot and passenger departed on a personal flight to a nearby airport. Video footage captured by an on-board camera revealed that, while in the traffic pattern at a groundspeed of 77 knots, the sound of the engine's power sharply decreased, and the pilot's hand movement was consistent with a power reduction. The airplane's elevator control surfaces were consistent with the pilot commanding positive pitch to the airplane.
For the next few seconds, the airplane continued in a left turn; the sound of the engine was consistent with a power increase. Shortly thereafter, the left wing dropped rapidly, and the nose of the airplane began falling through the horizon. The airplane's left bank continued to increase. The airplane descended toward the ground in a left bank about 90 until the airplane impacted terrain about 2,000 ft from the approach end of the runway. The passenger stated that the left wing "fluttered" like it stalled, and the airplane subsequently descended like a "lawn dart." The video revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane or engine.
It is likely that during the turn, the pilot did not maintain sufficient airspeed and exceeded the airplane's critical angle of attack while maneuvering in the airport traffic pattern, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall, loss of control, and subsequent impact with terrain.

Probable Cause: The pilot's exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack while maneuvering in the airport traffic pattern, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and a loss of control at an altitude too low for recovery.


FAA register:


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



Photo of N800KE courtesy

Oshkosh - Wittman Regional (KOSH / OSH)
29 July 2011; (c) Alex Christie

Revision history:

12-Jan-2019 21:11 gerard57 Added
12-Jan-2019 21:30 Geno Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Source]
12-Jan-2019 22:52 RobertMB Updated [Time, Phase, Source]
12-Jan-2019 23:52 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
13-Jan-2019 04:46 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Jan-2019 08:13 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
13-Jan-2019 08:14 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
13-Jan-2019 11:12 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
13-Jan-2019 14:57 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Damage]
15-Jan-2019 07:05 Anon. Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
31-Mar-2021 13:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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