Sunday, June 16, 2019

Aerodynamic Stall / Spin: Van's RV-10, N110DV, accident occurred August 23, 2018 at Kestrel Airpark (1T7), San Antonio, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Spring Branch, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA507
Date & Time: 08/23/2018, 1245 CDT
Registration: N110DV
Aircraft: Vans RV10
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that on short final, the airplane was too low, too slow, and right of the runway centerline, and that he overcorrected to clear trees located at the approach end of runway 12. Subsequently, the airplane stalled and touched down on the upsloping approach end of the runway. The right wing struck rising terrain in the safety area on the right side of the runway, and the airplane skidded across the grass safety area and came to rest on the parallel taxiway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the engine mounts.

The runway had rising terrain at both the approach and departure ends. The airport facility directory identifies that runway 12 had 20-foot tall trees that are 25 feet from the runway threshold and requires a 4:1 glide slope to remain clear.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/09/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/26/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 714 hours (Total, all aircraft), 340 hours (Total, this make and model), 705 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N110DV
Model/Series: RV10
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2007 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 40065
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/10/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:  
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 726 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-540
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSAT, 789 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1751 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 191°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 16 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Meridian, MS (MEI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Meridian, MS (MEI)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 0939 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Kestrel Airpark (1T7)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1261 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.811667, -98.426111 (est)

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