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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43636
Last updated: 8 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-10
Registration: N289DT
MSN: 40269
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Greenville, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Greenville, PA (4G1)
Destination airport:Greenville, PA (4G1)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Prior to a planned trip in the homebuilt airplane, the pilot/builder flew the airplane to assure that it was functioning properly. The airplane was observed to fly north on the east side of a state highway, and to make a circle to the left, approximately 500 feet above ground level (agl). The airplane then flew in a westerly direction, flew across the highway, then turned to the left while losing altitude. When it reached approximately 50 feet agl, while heading east, the airplane rolled wings level, impacted a cornfield, and a postimpact fire ensued. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the engine was not producing power at impact. Both the non-certificated 220 horsepower engine, and the propeller, required a source of electricity to operate. On the night before the accident, the pilot moved the airplane's batteries from behind the baggage compartment to the forward cabin to change the center of gravity and re-wired the batteries into the electrical system. Examination of the electrical system revealed that a cable had become disconnected from an improperly crimped terminal.
Probable Cause: The pilot/builder's improper installation of the electrical system.




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 19:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]