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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 168059
Last updated: 1 March 2020
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Type:Evans Volksplane VPI
Registration: N3831W
C/n / msn: 01
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Grove City Airport (29D), Grove City, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Grove City, PA (29D)
Destination airport:Grove City, PA (29D)
Investigating agency: NTSB
A witness saw the experimental amateur-built airplane as it performed takeoffs and landings in the airport traffic pattern. After completing several circuits, she again saw the airplane on final approach to land about ¼-mile from the runway threshold. The airplane suddenly “jerked” left, away from the runway centerline, and continued that track in a shallow descent until it impacted a berm off the left side of the runway about 750 ft beyond the threshold. The witness reported that, before impact, the engine sound was smooth and continuous and did not change in pitch or intensity. The engine sound continued uninterrupted until impact. The private pilot was unable to recall any details of the accident. Postaccident examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation; therefore, the reason for the deviation from the approach path and subsequent impact with terrain could not be determined.

Probable Cause: A collision with terrain during the landing approach for reasons that could not be determined based on available information.


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Revision history:

25-Jul-2014 16:34 Geno Added
25-Jul-2014 22:23 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
13-Aug-2014 03:57 Geno Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
19-Aug-2017 16:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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