Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2004 Issue

May 15, 2004, Supai, Ariz / Lancair IV P

At 1700 local time, the Experimental Lancair IV P was destroyed when it impacted terrain in the Grand Canyon near Supai, Ariz. The Private pilot and his three passengers were fatally injured. The local VFR flight had departed North Las Vegas, Nev., at an unknown time. Subsequently, the pilot contacted ATC and requested flight following. Air traffic controllers reported losing radar contact with the airplane at 16,500 feet MSL at 1658. Witnesses observed the airplane descending at a nose-low pitch attitude, and “spinning or moving in some strange way” before impacting terrain and catching fire....

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