Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Van's RV-4, N3446: Accident occurred June 25, 2016 in Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Windsor Locks FSDO-63

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA344
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Fitchburg, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2016
Aircraft: BENJAMIN HAROLD E RV-4, registration: N3446
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he made a normal three-point landing, shortly after touchdown the airplane veered to the left, then veered to the right. The pilot further reported that he applied power in an attempt to regain control, however the airplane veered back to the left and he reduced power as the airplane departed the runway. The airplane ground looped and the right wing impacted terrain causing substantial damage to the right aileron. 

The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control upon landing, which resulted in a runway excursion followed by impact with terrain.

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