Runway excursion Accident Van's RV-9A N439RP, 17 Apr 2013
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 155248
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Van's RV-9A
Registration: N439RP
MSN: 91603
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Rowan County Airport - KRUQ, Salisbury, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Salisbury, NC (RUQ)
Destination airport:Salisbury, NC (RUQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
According to the pilot, the airplane had about 9 total flight hours. He performed a touch-and-go landing, and during the departure, the flaps would not retract. During the next attempt to land, the airplane was not positioned properly, so the pilot performed a go-around. On the following attempt to land, the pilot began a straight-in approach about 3 miles from the runway. On touchdown, the airplane's nose impacted the runway and the nose gear collapsed. As the airplane slowed, the pilot intentionally veered the airplane into the grass next to the runway to avoid remaining on, and thus closing, the runway. The nose gear dug into the soft terrain, and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder. Examination of the flap system revealed a blown fuse; no other preimpact malfunction or abnormality was found that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing, and his subsequent decision to exit the paved runway onto the soft terrain.


FAA register:

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

Revision history:

17-Apr-2013 11:54 gerard57 Added
17-Apr-2013 19:29 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 14:31 ASN Update Bot Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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