Loss of control Accident Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah N9593U, Sunday 5 January 2020
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Date:Sunday 5 January 2020
Time:17:49 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AA5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah
Registration: N9593U
MSN: AA5A-0093
Year of manufacture:1976
Total airframe hrs:3277 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-320
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Rutherford County, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Hendersonville, NC (0A7)
Destination airport:Hendersonville, NC (0A7)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot had planned for a 40-minute scenic local flight with 3 passengers aboard. The pilot was demonstrating an aerodynamic stall when the right wing "dropped very quickly." He attempted to recover and applied opposite rudder, reduced the airplane's pitch, and increased engine power. The airplane then entered a flat spin to the right. The pilot continued to attempt to decrease the airplane's pitch and continued left rudder application, but the airplane continued to spin. The pilot then applied "full back elevator" as the airplane impacted terrain. During the impact the airplane's right wing, horizontal stabilizer, and fuselage were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during an intentional aerodynamic stall, which resulted in a spin and subsequent collision with terrain.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA20CA065
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


FAA register: https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=9593U




Photo: FAA

Revision history:

06-Jan-2020 01:02 Captain Adam Added
06-Jan-2020 01:44 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2020 17:47 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
26-Mar-2021 15:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category, Accident report]
26-Mar-2021 16:21 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo]

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