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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44431
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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: N899RM
MSN: 80235
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lewes, DE -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Georgetown, DE (GED)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The accident airplanes were part of a group of six experimental airplanes practicing a formation flight routine for an upcoming airshow. The airplanes had just completed a "six ship opposing" maneuver, in which the airplanes flew towards each other in two groups of three airplanes. The group containing the accident airplanes was assembled with a lead airplane in front (the RV-8 airplane) and two additional airplanes aligned behind and to each side of the lead (in a "triangle" formation). The Long EZ was the airplane behind and to the right of the RV-8. The "six ship opposing" maneuver was performed without any abnormality, and approximately 3 seconds later, the Long EZ and lead RV-8 collided. Both aircraft subsequently impacted the water beneath them. Examination of several videotapes and a digital photograph revealed that the Long EZ airplane was above the RV-8 and out of position in the moments prior to the collision. No pre-impact mechanical deficiencies were noted with either airplane.
Probable Cause: The Long EZ pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the RV-8 airplane, which resulted in a mid-air collision during a formation flight.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
04-Jul-2014 14:42 harro Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source]
17-Nov-2016 20:11 junior sjc Updated [Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
06-Dec-2017 10:43 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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