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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65152
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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: N875MH
MSN: 81687
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Pryor Field (KDCU), Decatur, AL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Decatur, AL (DCU)
Destination airport:Muscle Shoals, AL (5AL5)
Investigating agency: NTSB
This report was modified on September 10, 2010.

Both pilots were friends and neighbors who were visiting an airport open house. Prior to returning to their home airport, the pilots discussed if they would be flying home together or separately. The pilot of the RV-8 decided to fly home separately, departed first, and performed some aerobatics near the airport traffic pattern. As the pilot of the CJ-6A prepared to depart, a photographer asked him to make some low passes over the runway, so that the photographer could take pictures. The CJ-6A took off and remained in the left airport traffic pattern. As the CJ-6A turned from base leg to final leg, the pilot of the RV-8 radioed via the common traffic advisory frequency that he was at the CJ-6A's 6 o'clock position, but did not provide distance information. He then radioed that he was at the CJ-6A's 4 o'clock position and again did not provide distance information. The CJ-6A then began a pass over the runway at approximately 200 feet above ground level. During that time, the RV-8 closed on the CJ-6A "dramatically," in excess of 30 knots, from above and behind. About the midpoint of the runway, the pilot of the CJ-6A began a climbing right turn. The RV-8's left wing then hit the CJ-6A, partially separating it. The RV-8 subsequently descended uncontrolled and impacted terrain.
Probable Cause: The RV-8 pilot's failure to maintain adequate clearance from the CJ-6A while maneuvering.

This report was modified on September 10, 2010.




Revision history:

23-May-2009 23:31 angels one five Added
23-May-2009 23:48 slowkid Updated
23-May-2009 23:56 slowkid Updated
24-May-2009 00:35 angels one five Updated
24-May-2009 03:54 harro Updated
26-May-2009 10:50 slowkid Updated
04-Dec-2016 09:33 junior sjc Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 14:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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