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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45208
Last updated: 7 February 2021
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Date:31-MAY-2003
Time:10:12
Type:Silhouette image of generic GLAS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Glasair II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N73VL
C/n / msn: 145
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Riverside, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Riverside, CA (RAL)
Destination airport:Hemet, CA (HMT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The experimental single-engine airplane collided with terrain following a loss of control after takeoff. Witnesses reported seeing the airplane takeoff, climb to 200 to 300 feet (agl), make a sharp left turn, and nose-dive into the ground. A post-accident examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of pre-impact anomalies to the airframe or engine.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during an abrupt, low altitude maneuver during the takeoff-initial climb, which resulted in a collision with terrain during the subsequent uncontrolled descent.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20030605X00791&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 18:44 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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