Loss of control Accident Van's RV-8 N747CL, Friday 8 January 2010
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Date:Friday 8 January 2010
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Van's RV-8
Registration: N747CL
MSN: 82431
Total airframe hrs:142 hours
Engine model:Lycoming XP-IO-360
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Sequim Valley Airport (KW28), WA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Sequim, WA (W28)
Destination airport:Sequim, WA (W28)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The purpose of the flight was to complete a flight review for the owner of the airplane. According to witnesses near the accident site, the airplane had joined the right downwind leg of the traffic pattern for the runway when it subsequently began a steep 60- to 90-degree bank to the right. After completing about one full circle, the airplane banked back to the left, pitched nose-down, and impacted terrain. The wreckage came to rest in a plowed field 1/4 mile north of the airport. Weather observations in the area during the time of the accident indicated wind from the northwest at 4 knots, visibility 10 miles and an overcast ceiling at 700 feet. Examination of the wreckage revealed extensive impact damage throughout the airframe. The forward section of the fuselage, cockpit area and associated instrumentation, were crushed aft to the main wing spar; the wreckage signatures and damage were consistent with a stall and/or spin. Examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of a system malfunction or failure prior to the impact.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering in the traffic pattern, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR10LA103
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report





Photo: FAA

Photo: NTSB (at storage facility)

Revision history:

08-Jan-2010 22:49 slowkid Added
08-Jan-2010 22:52 slowkid Updated [Location, Phase, Narrative]
08-Jan-2010 23:38 Anon. Updated [Location, Phase, Narrative]
09-Jan-2010 04:46 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Jan-2010 09:45 harro Updated [Narrative]
11-Dec-2016 08:32 junior sjc Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 12:31 ASN Update Bot Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Nov-2017 16:10 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Photo, ]
26-Nov-2017 16:11 harro Updated [Photo, ]

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