Saturday, July 17, 2021

Van's RV-6A, N468AC: Accident occurred July 15, 2021 at Riverside Municipal Airport (KRAL), California

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; Riverside, California

Location: Riverside, CA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA271
Date & Time: July 15, 2021, 09:54 Local 
Registration: N468AC
Aircraft: Vans RV6 
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 15, 2021, at 0954 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV-6, N468AC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Riverside, California. The two pilots onboard were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that while on short final approach for runway 27, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The airplane subsequently impacted terrain short of the runway and came to rest inverted.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector responded to the accident site and reported that the airplane was inverted facing toward the north and was 150 yards from the threshold of runway 27. Fuel was observed running out of the lower cowling near the quick drain. The first identified point of impact was 60 ft east of the airplane’s final resting spot.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans 
Registration: N468AC
Model/Series: RV6 A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RAL,819 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -3.3°C /-10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.951889,-117.44511 (est)

RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Two persons escaped serious injury Thursday when their single-engine airplane crash-landed at the Riverside Municipal Airport.

Fourteen firefighters responded to the east end of Runway 27 where the small plane came to rest, but there was no fire.

Fire Department Battalion Chief Tony Perna said the aircraft flipped over coming to rest short of the runway in a field near Hillcrest Avenue but on airport property.

Photos showed the plane had extensive damage.

There was no immediate details on how the pilot and passenger got out of the aircraft. Their identities were not released.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause.

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