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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 144583
Last updated: 9 June 2019
This record is based on the official accident investigation report. It has been locked for editing.

Type:Silhouette image of generic RV4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-4
Owner/operator:Staggerwing Aviation Inc
Registration: N605RV
C/n / msn: 2179
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Elbert County Rds. 94 and 73, Calhan, about 12 miles SE of Kiowa, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Watkins, CO (KFTG)
Destination airport:Calhan, CO (CD23)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he departed a private airfield earlier in the day, and, at the time he departed, the wind was from the north about 5 knots. About 3.5 hours later, he returned to the airfield, which has a north-south oriented runway. The pilot stated that, due to terrain obstructions, landing to the north was “unadvisable.” The pilot added that the wind socks at the airfield indicated a slightly northern wind, light and variable, with no gusts. The pilot stated that he flew three passes to assess the wind, then made his approach and landed to the south. He added that, throughout the landing roll, the airplane was not affected by the wind; however, when the airplane was traveling about 5 knots ground speed, a crosswind gust blew the airplane off track, lifted the tail, and the airplane flipped over onto its back. The airplane sustained substantial damage to its vertical stabilizer and canopy. The pilot reported that there were no airplane malfunctions that contributed to the cause of the accident.

About an hour before the accident, the automated weather reporting station located about 14 miles west of the airfield reported wind from 040 degrees at 15 knots gusting to 19 knots. About 5 minutes after the accident, the automated weather reporting station located about 19 miles southwest of the airfield reported wind from 050 degrees at 11 knots gusting to 17 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of airplane control while landing with a gusting tailwind condition.



Revision history:

25-Mar-2012 03:30 RobertMB Added
26-Mar-2012 13:46 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:27 ASN Update Bot Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]