Monday, August 22, 2022

Van’s RV-8, N184DJ: Fatal accident occurred August 21, 2022 in Scio, Linn County, Oregon

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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Baker, Daniel

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
James Holden; Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Delta J Enterprises LLC

Location: Scio, Oregon
Accident Number: WPR22FA312
Date and Time: August 21, 2022, 14:03 Local
Registration: N184DJ
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 21, 2022, at 1403 Pacific daylight time, an experimental homebuilt Vans RV-8 airplane, N184DJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Scio, Oregon. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Witnesses, including relatives of the pilot, told investigators the pilot would often conduct low altitude flights and perform aerobatic maneuvers over the relatives’ home. The relatives stated the pilot conducted three passes over their home prior to the accident and the airplane was mostly wings level during the first two passes. During the third pass the airplane flew over about 100 ft above the ground from north to south. The airplane then rolled like a barrel roll and then descended out of sight behind trees and impacted the ground. One family member stated she thought the pilot started the maneuver lower than normal. The second family member said that something did not look right at the start of the maneuver, that the airplane was too low and that the maneuver was “really snappy looking,” not smooth like he had seen before. He also said the airplane was not wings level as it exited the maneuver. Both family members described hearing the engine running steady and did not hear anything abnormal before the accident.

Two other witnesses were outside their home about .4 miles west of the accident site and stated that on one of the passes before the accident the airplane flew over their home from west to east. During the pass one witness thought he heard the airplane wheels hit the tops of the trees near his home. The airplane then descended to about 5 feet above the ground and then pulled up steeply as it approached a hedge row before making the accident pass. One of the witnesses videoed the final portion of the accident pass. In the video, the airplane can be seen in a nose up attitude through distant trees, then descending towards the ground at about a 45° nose low attitude. The airplane engine can be heard running before the sound of impact is heard.

The airplane impacted in a grass field about .2 miles south of the relative’s home. The initial impact signatures were indicative of the airplane impacting in a nose low and right-wing low attitude. The right flap was separated from the wing and located about 50 ft from the initial impact point. The canopy was separated from the fuselage and was located about 150 ft from the initial impact point. The main wreckage was inverted and located about 250 ft and bearing 200° from the initial impact point. The right wing was mostly separated from the fuselage and was resting under the fuselage.

Both ailerons, elevators, and the rudder were accounted for and remained attached to the airplane. Flight control continuity was verified to all flight control surfaces from the cockpit and continuity was continuous for all flight controls except the right aileron. The right aileron control tube was fractured near the wing root consistent with impact damage.

The propeller assembly had separated from the engine at the shaft and was located near the main wreckage. Both propeller blades exhibited leading edge gouges, chordwise scratches, and significant S-type bending and curling.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N184DJ
Model/Series: RV-8 
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: KSLE,201 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 44.674389,-122.79653

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field and flipped over.

Date: 21-AUG-22
Time: 21:02:00Z
Regis#: N184DJ
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV8
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax: 1 Serious
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: SCIO

Amy and Dennis Jackson

Dennis Craig Jackson
January 13, 1944 – August 21, 2022
Virgil T Golden Funeral Service
Dennis Craig Jackson, age 78, of Independence, Oregon passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Dennis was born January 13, 1944.

Amy Byram Naphtali Jackson
August 4, 1944 – August 21, 2022
Virgil T Golden Funeral Service
Amy Byram Naphtali Jackson, age 78, of Independence, Oregon passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Amy was born August 4, 1944.


  1. What an idiot! A lifetime of reckless pilot behavior! It's probably a good thing he is deceased, or we would be having a meeting.

    Witnesses, including relatives of the pilot, told investigators the pilot would often conduct low-altitude flights and perform aerobatic maneuvers over the relatives’ home.

  2. Sounds like he lived a long and enjoyable life. God speed. I hope my kids someday when asked about how dad died can say he died at 78 years old doing an aileron roll. The two comments above were made by people whose souls died a long time ago, but just didn't know it.

  3. I certainly wouldn’t be making any comments like those above. Regardless of your Personal opinions, it’s disrespectful to the deceased and their families.
    Pilots don’t say things like the above.
    Curt Bowers

  4. The Jackson’s happened to be two of the best humans I have ever had the honor of knowing. Denny was an amazingly skilled pilot, well seasoned and extremely responsible. I have flown with him in past, and I even got to experience the joy of aerobatics with him. He flew just about every day and he did it for the pure love and joy of flying. As for his aircraft, it was built with precision and maintained at the highest level. He was neither irresponsible, nor foolish and having know him for 46 years, I think that my opinion counts for something, unlike the ignorant comments above. Yes, family and friends DO read this! Perhaps those folks with the rude comments will think twice before posting negative and hateful comments in future.