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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 121289
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-6
Registration: N650RV
C/n / msn: 23971
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Grand Canyon, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:KGCN
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On March 11, 2011, about 08:30 mountain standard time, an experimental Radford RV-6, N650RV, departed Grand Canyon National Park Airport (KCGN), near Tusayan, AZ, en route to an unknown destination.
Since that time the pilot has not been heard from and the aircraft, which was reported to be missing, is presumed to have crashed. The certified commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant on board, has not been located. The airplane, which was registered to the pilot, was being operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area of Tusayan. No flight plan had been filed. The RV-6 reported as missing/overdue at 08:54 local time.

From NTSB WPR11FAMS1: "According to the Glendale, Arizona Police Department, the pilot was involved in an argument with his wife around 04:00 on the morning of March 11, 2011. Soon thereafter he was involved in a telephone conversation with an individual that the police report referred to as his girlfriend. During that phone conversation, the pilot stated that he was going to kill himself, that he had a plan in place, and that it was too late to stop him."......
..."A few days after the airccraft was reported missing, a package, which was mailed prior to the accident flight, was received by the person whom the pilot talked to by phone early on the morning of March 11, 2011. In that package was a letter within which the pilot referred to himself in the past tense."
"The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The airplane is missing and the cause of the accident is undetermined."

Update to NTSB Final Report: On May 21, 2015, two hikers in the area of the South Rim Recreation Area of Grand Canyon National Park, when they discovered the wreckage of an aircraft. The remains of the accident pilot were located in the wreckage.

The wreckage was recovered and sent to a secure facility for inspection. The entire airplane, including the engine and propeller, were highly fragmented, consistent with a collision with terrain at high speed. The updated report notes that the cause of death was attributed to suicide.

Probable Cause: "The pilot's intentional flight into terrain."


Revision history:

23-Mar-2011 15:58 gerard57 Added
27-Mar-2011 06:48 gerard57 Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Sep-2011 16:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Sep-2011 16:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
30-Sep-2011 16:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2012 15:41 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2016 20:23 junior sjc Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Feb-2017 16:44 PiperOnslaught Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Apr-2017 17:38 junior sjc Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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