Accident Rutan VariEze N721NT,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201931
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Date:Wednesday 13 January 1999
Time:11:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic VEZE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Rutan VariEze
Owner/operator:Dan M. Gibson
Registration: N721NT
MSN: 731
Engine model:Continental O-200-A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Tupelo, MS -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Tupelo, MS (KTUP)
Destination airport:(KTUP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated, on final approach at 10 to 15 feet AGL and performing the landing flare, a gust of wind caught the airplane causing it to pitch up 30 to 40 degrees. The pilot overcorrected the airplane and collided with the runway. Inspection of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector noted, no mechanical discrepancies and both engine and flight control continuity was established. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the pilot received minor injuries. During a review of the aircraft records by the FAA, the last annual inspection recorded was June 6, 1987. The aircraft was operated with no airworthiness certificate, no registration certificate, no conditional inspection, nor did the pilot have a current flight review. The pilot had not flown since 1994.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper flare and compensation for wind conditions upon landing. Factors in the accident were the pilot's inadequate recurrent training and lack of experience with the airplane.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ATL99LA043
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

26-Nov-2017 09:40 ASN Update Bot Added
08-Apr-2024 10:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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