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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45861
Last updated: 13 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EUPA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Europa XS
Registration: N214KS
C/n / msn: A214
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Livermore Municipal Airport, Livermore, California. -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Livermore, CA (LVK)
Destination airport:Yosemite, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Witnesses observed the airplane reach about 300 to 400 feet above ground level (agl) in the initial climb as it approached the departure end of the runway. The airplane then descended about 100 feet as one witness heard the engine begin to sputter, and then lost power. The airplane made a hard left turn and continued to descend while reversing course, consistent with the pilot attempting to return to the runway. As the airplane came close to completing a 180-degree turn, the airplane stalled and dove toward terrain. The airplane impacted in a near-vertical attitude and erupted into flames. The pilot, who was the airplane's builder, had amassed about 300 hours in the accident airplane. The terrain at the end of the departure runway was characteristically flat, stretching over 6,500 feet beyond the runway, and consisted of a golf course and open fields. Investigators found no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures during the examination; however, the extremely impact damaged and thermally consumed wreckage precluded many components and systems from being inspected. An article in the EAA Sport Aviation newsletter detailed the flight characteristics of an Europa that was configured similar to the accident airplane. In pertinent part, it stated that stalls, both with level flight and idle power, are abrupt with a 5- to 10-degree nose drop accompanied by a 5-degree right wing drop. The article reported that there is virtually no traditional stall warning, such as airframe buffeting.
Probable Cause: the loss of engine power for an undetermined reason during the initial climb, and the pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed while attempting a return to runway maneuver, which resulted in a stall/spin.


FAA register: 2. FAA:


Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
14-Jul-2016 17:21 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Jul-2016 17:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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