Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Van's RV-4, N423WH: Accident occurred December 07, 2020 at Brushy Creek Airport (69XS), Whitesboro, Grayson County, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Location: Sadler, TX 
Accident Number: CEN21LA078
Date & Time: December 7, 2020, 15:28 Local
Registration: N423WH
Aircraft: Vans RV4
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 7, 2020, at 1528 central standard time, a Vans RV-4 airplane, N423WH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sadler, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot told investigators that he had been practicing low approaches at a private grass airstrip when he elected to land. He determined he would land too far down the runway and initiated a go around. He said the engine initially responded, but then the engine power rolled back to idle. He “pumped the throttle” 2-3 times but the engine did not respond. He subsequently landed on the runway and the airplane overran the end of the runway and flipped over. The rudder, elevator, and left wing sustained substantial damage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N423WH
Model/Series: RV4
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Condition of Light: Day
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.68201,-96.844602

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