Monday, July 31, 2017

Van's RV-3A, N6GT (and) Van's RV-3A, N16MR, Vanguard Squadron Inc: Accident occurred July 28, 2017 at Spokane International Airport (KGEG), Washington

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA458A 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 28, 2017 in Spokane, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/31/2017
Aircraft: RANDALL MARVIN L VANS RV 3A, registration: N16MR
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA458B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 28, 2017 in Spokane, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/31/2017
Aircraft: WILTS GAYLE T RV-3A, registration: N6GT

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 pilots reported that, following a formation flight and landing of four airplanes and while taxiing to park, the lead airplane reduced power to idle, and the engine quit.

After multiple attempts to restart the engine, the lead pilot signaled the other pilots to pass on the left side and continue to park. As the second airplane taxied past, the third airplane followed.

The pilots added that the third airplane’s pilot had limited forward visibility due to the nose attitude of the airplane and that the pilot was unaware that the lead airplane was stationary. Subsequently, the third airplane passed the lead airplane with insufficient clearance, which resulted in the third airplane’s right wing colliding with the lead airplane’s left elevator and the third airplane’s propeller striking the lead airplane’s left wing.

The lead airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and left elevator.

The pilots reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplanes 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 adequate clearance and visual lookout while taxiing, which resulted in his airplane colliding with the stationary airplane.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

N16MR - Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

N6GT - Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

N16MR - Vanguard Squadron Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N16MR

N6GT - Vanguard Squadron Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N6GT 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA458A
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 28, 2017 in Spokane, WA
Aircraft: RANDALL MARVIN L VANS RV 3A, registration: N16MR
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA458B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 28, 2017 in Spokane, WA
Aircraft: WILTS GAYLE T RV-3A, registration: N6GT
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.

Following a formation flight and landing of four airplanes, the pilots reported that, while taxing to park, the lead airplane reduced power to idle and the engine quit.

After multiple attempts to restart the engine, the lead pilot signaled the other pilots to pass on the left side, and continue to parking. As the 2nd airplane taxied past, the 3rd airplane followed.

The pilots added that, the 3rd airplane had limited forward visibility due to the nose attitude of the airplane, and the pilot was unaware that the lead airplane was stationary. Subsequently, the 3rd airplane passed the lead airplane with insufficient clearance, resulting in the 3rd airplane's right-wing colliding with the lead airplane's left elevator, and the propeller from the 3rd airplane struck the lead airplane's left wing.

The lead airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and left elevator.

The pilots reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplanes that would have precluded normal operation.

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