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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 238581
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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: N138PM
MSN: 81895
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tehachapi, Kern County, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Los Angeles-Whiteman Airport, CA (WHP/KWHP)
Destination airport:Tehachapi-Kern County Airport, CA (TSP/KTSP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating:
The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Part 91 personal flight.

A witness reported that he had just finished landing and he stopped to watch two airplanes coming in to
land. The first airplane was the accident airplane, he observed it touch down onto the runway tailwheel
first. The airplane then oscillated between its tailwheel and main landing gear a few times before it
tipped up onto the left main gear. The airplane turned toward the right edge of the runway and appeared
to slow. The witness reported that he turned away because he thought the pilot finished landing. But
when he looked back a few seconds later, he observed a cloud of dirt as the pilot abruptly reapplied
power. The engine coughed a "number of times" before running smoothly. The airplane lifted off
quickly but made a "perceivably slow" turn to a left crosswind. The nose of the airplane was
"alarmingly" high; the left turn steepened as the airplane flew behind some trees. A couple seconds later
the witness heard the engine "cut out," and almost immediately thereafter he heard the impact.

The pilot of the second airplane reported that the two airplanes took off from Whiteman airport and flew
in very close formation to TSP. Upon arriving at TSP, the accident airplane flew a straight in approach
to land onto runway 29 with the second airplane following. The accident pilot's approach speed looked
"ok." When the accident airplane touched down, it appeared as if it was having "directional control
issues" on the runway. The airplane was along the right edge of the runway when the accident pilot
transmitted that he was "going around." At that moment, the second pilot observed a brief cloud of dust.
The second pilot landed his airplane and when he rolled to a stop, he observed the accident airplane
about 30 degrees left of the runway heading at about 150-200 feet. The nose of the airplane was up, but
it didn't look like it was accelerating; more like it was descending. Shortly before impact, the airplane
disappeared behind the buildings nose up with the wings wobbling.

The airplane struck a commercial building and came to rest on the roof. It has been recovered to a secure
location for further examination.



Revision history:

24-Jul-2020 20:57 Captain Adam Added
24-Jul-2020 21:33 Geno Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
25-Jul-2020 07:03 harro Updated [Source]
27-Jun-2021 07:55 aaronwk Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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