Accident Aviat A-1A N40AW, Monday 19 April 2004
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Date:Monday 19 April 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUSK model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aviat A-1A
Registration: N40AW
MSN: 1545
Total airframe hrs:525 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Visalia, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Visalia, CA (VIS)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane landed hard, ground looped, and collided with a parked airplane. The pilot was landing on an unimproved, unauthorized area of the airport. During final approach, an airplane taxied in front of him and presented a potential conflict. According to a witness, the pilot flared the airplane and the right wing dropped, "as though it may have stalled." The right wing impacted the ground and then the airplane returned to a three-point attitude. The airplane then ground looped and impacted an airplane parked on the ramp. Prior to the accident, the airport manager verbally informed the pilot that he was only to use the designated runways as landing areas.
Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to maintain an adequate airspeed on final approach, which resulted in an inadvertent stall and a hard landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX04LA297
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

30-May-2015 13:38 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:52 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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