Accident American Champion 8GCBC Super Decathlon N390PE , 12 Sep 2021
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Time:c. 20:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic BL8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
American Champion 8GCBC Super Decathlon
Registration: N390PE
MSN: 1156-2015
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Rhine, GA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Rhine, GA
Destination airport:Rhine, GA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On September 12, 2021, about 0930 eastern daylight time, an American Champion Aircraft 8KCAB, N390PE, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Rhine, Georgia. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code
of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

A witness, who was a friend of the pilot reported that the pilot told him that he felt nauseous while practicing aerobatics earlier on the day of the accident. The pilot landed at a private airstrip and then subsequently departed to fly to a nearby field where the witness was located. While the witness was in the field, the pilot “buzzed” him and flew around for a second pass. During the second pass, the pilot descended the airplane below the tree line and started an aileron roll; however, about halfway through the roll the pilot stopped the maneuver, and the airplane flew straight into the trees at full engine power.

The airplane came to rest oriented on a magnetic heading 220° and all major components of the airplane were located at the accident site. The fuselage from the firewall to the empennage revealed accordion crush and impact damage. The instrument panel and cockpit were destroyed by impact damage. Both wings were separated from the fuselage, the horizontal stabilizers and vertical stabilizer remained attached to the empennage; however, they all displayed damage consistent with impact. Flight control continuity was observed from the flight control surfaces to the flight controls within the cockpit. Initial examination of the engine did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The propeller was splintered and broken. Fresh cuts consistent with propeller slash marks were noted on several trees at the accident site. The airplane was recovered for further examination.

FAA (photo)


Revision history:

13-Sep-2021 09:03 Captain Adam Added
13-Sep-2021 10:39 RobertMB Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Sep-2021 12:37 Captain Adam Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
12-Oct-2021 21:08 Captain Adam Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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