Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2009 Issue

July 8, 2009, Sanderson, Fla., Van’s RV7A Experimental

The airplane collided with the ground at about 0905 Eastern time, receiving substantial damage. Instrument conditions prevailed. The non-instrument rated private pilot was killed. The pilot did not file a flight plan or receive a weather briefing before departing on a VFR flight. A witness heard a small airplane northeast of his home. The engine was at a very high rpm and sounded like it was under "a lot of strain." The engine noise lasted about three seconds, and then there was complete silence, followed by an impact sound which he attributed to thunder.

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