Loss of control Accident Van's RV-12 N276VA,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186584
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Date:Tuesday 19 April 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Van's RV-12
Owner/operator:Chesapeake Sport Pilot
Registration: N276VA
MSN: 12056
Year of manufacture:2015
Total airframe hrs:314 hours
Engine model:Rotax 912
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Bay Bridge Airport (W29), Stevensville, MD -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Easton, MD (ESN)
Destination airport:Stevensville, MD (W29)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airline transport pilot of the light sport airplane was approaching the airport for landing in gusty front quartering crosswind conditions. Witnesses observed the airplane on final approach between 50 and 75 ft above ground level. The airplane's nose pitched up, followed by a roll to the right. The airplane then entered a nose-down attitude and descended to ground contact, impacting level terrain about 750 ft from the runway and slightly left of the extended runway centerline. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

Before the accident flight, the pilot had about 2.4 hours of experience in the accident airplane make and model but had been signed off to fly the airplane by an instructor. Witness observations of the final moments of flight are consistent with an aerodynamic stall. It is likely that the pilot failed to compensate for the gusty crosswind and turbulent conditions during the approach for landing, which resulted in an exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack, aerodynamic stall, and subsequent loss of control.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control during approach for landing in gusting crosswind conditions, which resulted in an exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack and a subsequent aerodynamic stall.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA16FA165
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Download report: Final report


FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N276VA



Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

20-Apr-2016 06:28 Geno Added
20-Apr-2016 14:56 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Phase, Destination airport, Source]
20-Apr-2016 14:59 Geno Updated [Source]
29-Apr-2016 18:15 Geno Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
16-May-2018 15:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-May-2018 17:51 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo, ]

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