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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14564
Last updated: 23 October 2020
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Date:13-NOV-1980
Time:17:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic VEZE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rutan VariEze 1
Owner/operator:
Registration: N111EZ
C/n / msn: RJS-1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Signal Mt, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
hit trees nr plt's home at or nr sunset.Sun wassetting aprx 10deg r of final heading.-NTSB

The aircraft was observed making a low pass near his house when the aircraft hit a tree. The pilot had a reputation for this sort of flying and had been warned by others in the past. The pull out was from a steep dive into the setting sun which may have been a factor in the pilot not being able to judge the pull out angle. No mechanical malfunction found. Flight in violation of FAR minimum altitude criteria. - CP

Sources:

NTSB

Rutan Aircraft Factory Canard Pusher No. 27 Pg 6 (manufacturer bulletin)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
16-Feb-2018 12:57 saccani Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]

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