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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 187798
Last updated: 11 November 2019
This record is based on the official accident investigation report. It has been locked for editing.

Type:Silhouette image of generic RV4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-4
Registration: PH-EIL
C/n / msn: 4122
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Coëx, Vendée -   France
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Sables d’Olonne – Talmont
Destination airport:Coëx
Investigating agency: BEA
The pilot, accompanied by a passenger, took off from the private aerodrome of Coëx-La Boissière, where he was based, bound for the Sables d' Olonne-Talmont aerodrome (85). He then took off at about 1850, again with the passenger, to return to Coëx aerodrome. In a right turn at the end of the tailwind for a runway 01 landing at an estimated height of 600 ft, the engine stopped. The pilot interrupted the right turn to begin a left turn. The aircraft collided with vegetation and the ground in a field about 400 metres from the aerodrome.

The accident can be explained by the following factors:
- Airworthiness management specific to amateur-built aircraft on a declarative basis that may lead, as was the case in the accident, a pilot or owner to decide to undertake flights despite the lack of operation of certain equipment;
- The difficulty of developing, even for a pilot with a lot of experience, a low-level action plan in the event of an engine stoppage with obstacles on the ground. The pilot likely found that, in continuing the turn to the right after the engine power loss, it could not reach the runway and there were too many obstacles ahead of the threshold. Turning to the left, he probably intended to join one of the fields on the other side of the tree border. It was nonetheless struck after a possible resource.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

02-Jun-2016 10:00 Iceman 29 Added
02-Jun-2016 10:04 Iceman 29 Updated [Cn, Source, Embed code]
02-Jun-2016 10:05 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
06-Dec-2017 17:33 harro Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]