Loss of control Accident Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon N5038E,
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Date:Monday 29 May 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic BL8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon
Registration: N5038E
MSN: 481-79
Year of manufacture:1979
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Zangger Vintage Airpark (2VA), Larchwood, IA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Zangger Vintage Airpark, IA (2VA)
Destination airport:Zangger Vintage Airpark, IA (2VA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On May 29, 2023, about 1330 central daylight time, a Bellanca 8KCAB airplane, N5038E, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Larchwood, Iowa. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger had minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The passenger stated that shortly after takeoff from the taxiway on a private airstrip (Larchwood-Zangger Vintage Airpark 2VA), the airplane seemed to pitch up and stall. The engine seemed to sound normal. The airplane impacted the ground and cartwheeled. The pilot was evacuated to a local hospital. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. The pilot has not been available to speak with the Federal Aviation Administration Inspector or National Transportation Safety Board at the time of this preliminary report.

Inspection of the airplane at the accident site by a FAA inspector did not reveal any pre-impact anomalies with the flight controls. Also, the engine did not have any observed pre-impact anomalies.




Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN23LA205
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report

Revision history:

31-May-2023 01:27 Geno Added
31-May-2023 02:00 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
31-May-2023 10:41 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Source, Narrative, Category]
08-Jun-2023 20:34 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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