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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 266006
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Time:12:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Van's RV-7
Registration: N977RV
MSN: 81612
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Oshkosh-Wittman Field (OSH/KOSH), Oshkosh, WI -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Fort Dodge Airport, IA (FOD/KFOD)
Destination airport:Oshkosh-Wittman Field, WI (OSH/KOSH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
An experimental amateur-built RV-7 airplane, N977RV, and an RV-8 airplane, N747JG, sustained substantial damage when they were involved in an accident at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH), Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The pilots of both airplanes were not injured.

The pilots reported that they were landing at an airshow fly-in in a staggered four-airplane formation. The RV-8 was in the No. 2 position and the RV-7 was right behind it in the No. 3 position. The RV-7 bounced during the landing and the pilot lost sight of the RV-8 in front of him. The air traffic controller instructed the flight to turn left onto the grass and the RV-8 pilot later reported that he started the turn 'without regarding the airplane behind' him. According to the RV-7 pilot, when the RV-8 came back into view, it was turning left directly in front of his airplane. The RV-7 pilot immediately applied the brakes and swerved hard to the right, but his left wing impacted the RV-8's rudder, followed by the right wing and aileron. Both airplanes sustained substantial damage.

Both pilots reported that the airshow environment created pressure to land, stop, and get off the runway into the grass as quickly as possible.

Probable Cause: The RV-8 pilot's failure to account for the position of the RV-7 behind him during the landing roll in a staggered landing formation, which resulted in a ground collision of the two airplanes. Contributing to the accident was the self-induced pressure created by the airshow environment to land, stop, and get off the runway into the grass as quickly as possible.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

27-Jul-2021 17:19 Captain Adam Added
13-Aug-2022 12:00 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]
13-Aug-2022 14:47 harro Updated [Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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