Accident Luscombe 8A Silvaire N37081, Wednesday 12 June 2024
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Date:Wednesday 12 June 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic L8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Luscombe 8A Silvaire
Registration: N37081
MSN: 1742
Year of manufacture:1941
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near South Lake Tahoe, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Lodi Airport, CA (1O3)
Destination airport:Lake Tahoe Airport, CA (TVL/KTVL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On June 12, 2024, at 1525 Pacific daylight time, N37081, a Luscombe 8A, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near South Lake Tahoe, California. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane was a subject of an alert notice (ALNOT) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration due to a concerned family member when the pilot and passenger did not arrive at their intended destination of Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL), South Lake Tahoe, California. Family members reported that they had spoken to the pilot earlier in the day and the pilot indicated that they were running late and would be arriving at TVL around 1530.

The airplane was located the following morning by local law enforcement in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest at 8,000 ft mean sea level about 10 miles south of TVL.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane came to rest inverted in a clearing on a magnetic heading of 333° about 75 yards from a service road. The first identified point of contact (FIPC) was a 75-ft tall tree that was missing limbs and a portion of the tree trunk, which were located within the debris path. Also in the debris path, about 25 ft from the FIPC, was a portion of the empennage and tail section that was lodged in the top of an approximate 15 ft tall tree. The main wreckage was located about 10 ft beyond the tree. All major structural components of the airplane were located throughout the wreckage debris path.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report





Revision history:

13-Jun-2024 18:03 Captain Adam Added
11-Jul-2024 21:56 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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