Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Van's RV-8, N998HG; accident occurred June 29, 2020 at McMinnville Municipal Airport (KMMV), Yamhill County, Oregon

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: McMinnville, Oregon 
Accident Number: WPR20CA200
Date & Time: June 29, 2020, 15:25 Local
Registration: N998HG
Aircraft: Vans RV-8 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane was departing with a gusting, left-quartering headwind. During the takeoff the airplane veered left and struck a runway marker, which jammed the left aileron. The airplane then banked to the right and the right wingtip struck the runway. The pilot then landed the airplane in a field off the side of the runway. During the landing roll, the airplane nosed down. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left aileron. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff which resulted in a collision with a runway marker.


Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Runway excursion
Landing-landing roll Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 58,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 19, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 19, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 876 hours (Total, all aircraft), 641 hours (Total, this make and model), 833 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N998HG
Model/Series: RV-8 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2012 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: 80305
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 26, 2020 Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 21 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 715 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: YIO-360-M1B
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 180 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMMV, 159 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 15:20 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 70°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots / 18 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 190° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Aurora, OR (UAO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: McMinnville, OR (MMV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 15:00 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: McMinnville Muni MMV 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 162 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22 IFR
Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:5420 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and go

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 45.194442,-123.136108(est)

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