Accident Van's RV-4 N70AC, Tuesday 8 January 2013
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Date:Tuesday 8 January 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Van's RV-4
Registration: N70AC
Year of manufacture:2000
Total airframe hrs:284 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360 SER
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Georgetown Airport - E36, Georgetown, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Davis, CA
Destination airport:Georgetown, CA (E36)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that he intended to land the tailwheel-equipped airplane on a sloped asphalt runway that he had not landed at before the accident flight. The first landing attempt terminated with a go-around because he was not comfortable with the approach. The second approach was high and a little too fast, which caused the airplane to float down the runway. When the airplane touched down, it bounced; after a second bounce, the pilot applied increasingly aggressive braking for fear of overrunning the runway. The airplane veered off the hard surface runway, encountered soft mud, and subsequently nosed over, resulting in substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer, rudder, and elevator. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s improper landing flare and failure to maintain directional control during landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR13CA089
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

31 July 2013 N70AC 0 San Manuel, Arizona sub
Runway excursion


Revision history:

09-Jan-2013 11:28 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 14:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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