Friday, July 28, 2017

Van's RV-4, N9214: Accident occurred July 28, 2017 at Hudson Valley Regional Airport (KPOU), Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA480
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 28, 2017 in Poughkeepsie, NY
Aircraft: THOMAS J HANKAMP VAN'S AIRCRAFT RV4, registration: N9214
Injuries: 1 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, during a "taxi test" in crosswind conditions, he over corrected and ground looped. Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway to the right and came to rest nose down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.

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

The automated weather observation system on the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 320° at 5 knots. The pilot was departing on runway 06.

The Federal Aviation Administration Inspector reported that, throughout many conversations with the pilot, the initial statement was that the pilot lost control during takeoff and did have intent for flight. The FAA Inspector verified this after talking with the local tower, who had cleared the airplane for takeoff.

No one was injured after a small home-built plane carrying one person left a runway at Hudson Valley Regional Airport in Wappingers Falls Friday, according to state police spokesperson Melissa McMorris.

The accident was reported at around 12:17 p.m. The plane, an RV4, had been “taxiing" when it left the runway, though McMorris said she didn’t know whether the incident occurred after a landing or before a planned takeoff.

Only a pilot was inside the plane, she said, and the accident appears to be accidental at this time.

The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an investigation.

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