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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208627
Last updated: 21 February 2020
This record is based on the official accident investigation report. It has been locked for editing.

Date:13-JAN-2018
Time:16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-7
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N4163B
C/n / msn: 884163
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Death Valley National Park, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Lone Pine, CA (O26)
Destination airport:Death Valley National Park, CA (L06)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot reported that, during the landing flare, about 2 to 3 ft above the ground, he reduced power, and the airplane aerodynamically stalled. The airplane landed hard and then bounced, the nose landing gear collapsed, and the airplane then came to rest inverted.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the canopy and empennage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.



Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed and his exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack during the landing flare, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.


Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20180113X04652&key=1

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

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