Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2010 Issue

May 7, 2010, Ridgeland, S.C., Vans RV-10 Experimental

At about 1511 Eastern time, the airplane was destroyed during an explosion after landing. The private pilot and his passenger were seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed. While the airplane was on short final, "about 200 feet from the runway," the pilot experienced a "brief whiff" of an odor similar to "a gas smell." Upon landing the passenger asked if they should open the door and the pilot stated "wait [un]til we clear the runway."

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