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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172911
Last updated: 24 April 2019
This record is based on the official accident investigation report. It has been locked for editing.

Date:11-JAN-2015
Time:14:27
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-9A
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N8080S
C/n / msn: 90836
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Prineville Airport (S39), Prineville, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Prineville, OR (S39)
Destination airport:Bend, OR
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
A witness observed the private pilot departing in his experimental, amateur-built airplane. He stated that, after rotation, the airplane climbed in a nose-high attitude and drifted left of the runway centerline. Upon reaching an altitude about 1,000 ft above ground level, the airplane’s right wing dipped, and the airplane descended in a right spin and impacted a parallel taxiway. The airplane was mostly consumed by a postcrash fire. Subsequent examination revealed that the canopy had been ejected clear of the airframe on impact, and the canopy lock appeared in the open position. The elevator trim tab was found in the nose-up trim position; however, due to the severity of the fire and impact damage, the reason for or relevance of these findings could not be determined.
Although the pilot was being treated for several medical conditions that he had not reported to the Federal Aviation Administration, it is unlikely that the conditions or their treatment contributed to the circumstances of this accident.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed and his exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack during the climb, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall/spin.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150111X91553&key=1
FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=8080S


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Jan-2015 02:21 Geno Added
12-Jan-2015 18:05 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
16-Jan-2015 04:08 Geno Updated [Time, Nature, Destination airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-May-2017 07:46 PiperOnslaught Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 14:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]