Accident Van's RV-9A N387E,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 376681
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Date:Friday 29 March 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Van's RV-9A
Owner/operator:JMMT LLC
Registration: N387E
MSN: 90387
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Jasper, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Jasper-Pickens County Airport, GA (KJZP)
Destination airport:Jasper-Pickens County Airport, GA (KJZP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On March 29, 2024, about 1130 eastern daylight time, an Experimental Amateur Built Vans RV9A airplane, N387E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near the Pickens County Airport (JZP), Jasper, Georgia. The private pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 test flight.

According to the private pilot who was also a builder of the airplane, the accident flight was the second flight during the phase one flight testing and the airplane had under two hours of total time. The purpose was to remain near the JZP airport and obtain engine performance data. The pilot reported that after a normal takeoff, he maintained 4,000 ft mean sea level near the airport during the observation of the engine performance, the observations were unremarkable, and then he descended to return to the traffic pattern.

The pilot reported that while approaching a left downwind for runway 34, he observed RPM decline and the Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) timer announced, “change fuel tank.” The pilot subsequently engaged the fuel boost pump and switched from the left to right fuel tank which was followed by a complete loss of engine power. The pilot elected to land in a field and during the landing, the left wing struck a utility pole.

Photographs revealed that the fuselage and wings sustained substantial damage.

The engine was an experimental rebuilt Lycoming O-320 engine with less than two hours since it had been rebuilt. The most recent condition inspection was completed on January 24, 2024. The airplane was retained for further examination.

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





Revision history:

29-Mar-2024 18:41 aus Added
29-Mar-2024 18:44 ASN Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code]
29-Mar-2024 18:57 ASN Updated [Location, Source]
30-Mar-2024 06:25 rdrit Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
30-Mar-2024 07:22 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
30-Mar-2024 16:47 v1rotate Updated [Narrative]
01-Apr-2024 22:15 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
16-Apr-2024 19:12 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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