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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231959
Last updated: 26 September 2021
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Date:05-JAN-2020
Time:12:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-6
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N420PW
MSN: 20181
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cullman Regional Airport-Folsom Field (KCMD), Cullman, AL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Cullman Regional Airport-Folsom Field, AL (KCMD)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On January 5, 2020, about 1243, central standard time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV-6,
N420PW, was destroyed when it impacted terrain at Cullman Regional Airport (CMD), Cullman,
Alabama. The private pilot and passenger [his 10-year old daughter] were fatally injured.

A review of airport surveillance video revealed that the pilot and passenger arrived at CMD about 1230.
At 1240, the airplane was seen on the taxiway, then stopped for a brief moment before continuing to the
active runway. At 1242, the airplane was seen climbing out from runway 2, when the video stopped
recording.

According to witnesses, the airplane taxied to runway 2 and began the takeoff roll. During the initial
climb, when the airplane reached about 350 ft, a loud "pop" was heard. The witnesses watched as the
airplane made an immediate "sharp left banking turn" in what appeared to be an attempt to return to the
airport. The airplane "stalled and went into a left spiral downward turn." The airplane completed two
turns before colliding with the ground on airport property adjacent the taxiway. The airport authorities
and witnesses responded immediately to the accident scene.

The pilot, age 40, held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The pilot
held an [expired] third-class medical certificate that was issued November 24, 2014. The pilot's logbook was not
available for review. The pilot reported 460 total hours of flight time at his last medical examination.

The airplane's construction was completed in 2014. It was powered by a Lycoming O-360-A1D engine
rated at 180 horsepower. The engine was equipped with a Hartzell two-bladed, controllable-pitch
propeller. Review of maintenance records revealed a condition inspection was completed on August 18,
2014, and an airworthiness certificate was issued on August 26, 2014, at a tachometer time of 3.5 hours.
No further entries were in the maintenance logbooks.

The CMD weather at 1255 was reported as wind from 210 at 6 knots, 10 miles visibility, ceiling clear,
temperature of 29 C, dew point temperature of 23 C, and an altimeter setting of 30.29 inches of
mercury.

Sources:

https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Plane-crash-at-Cullman-Regional-Airport-566734101.html
https://whnt.com/2020/01/05/plane-crash-at-cullman-regional-airport-investigation-underway/
https://abc3340.com/news/local/plane-crash-at-cullman-regional-airport
https://www.cullmantimes.com/news/responders-on-scene-of-plane-crash-at-cullman-regional-airport/article_040fa9dc-2ffa-11ea-9544-53426f3a2999.html#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
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https://www.asias.faa.gov/apex/f?p=100:95:::NO::P95_EVENT_LCL_DATE,P95_LOC_CITY_NAME,P95_REGIST_NBR:05-JAN-20,CULLMAN,N420PW
https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=420PW
https://data.ntsb.gov/carol-repgen/api/Aviation/ReportMain/GenerateNewestReport/100763/pdf

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jan-2020 20:36 Geno Added
05-Jan-2020 21:04 Iceman 29 Updated [Total occupants, Source, Embed code]
06-Jan-2020 00:00 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Embed code]
06-Jan-2020 01:53 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
06-Jan-2020 15:51 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-Jan-2020 17:50 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
06-Jan-2020 17:51 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
06-Jan-2020 21:39 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]
09-Jun-2021 07:46 aaronwk Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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