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Crash of a GippsAero GA10 Airvan near Mojave

Date & Time: Jun 4, 2018 at 1100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-XMH
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Mojave - Mojave
MSN:
GA10-TP450-16-101
YOM:
2016
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew departed Mojave Air & Space Port on a test flight part of the certification program. En route, the pilots encountered an unexpected situation and decided to abandon the aircraft and to bail out. While both pilots were found uninjured, the aircraft dove into the ground and crashed in a desert area located 15 miles from Edwards AFB and was totally destroyed.

Crash of an AMI Turbo DC-3-65TP in Mojave

Date & Time: Feb 4, 2009 at 0852 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N834TP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mojave - Mojave
MSN:
12590
YOM:
1947
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
18000
Captain / Total hours on type:
1326.00
Aircraft flight hours:
17277
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll, the airplane began to drift to the right. Despite the certified flight instructor's and student's attempts, they were unable to stop the yaw and drift. As the airplane was about to depart the runway, the pilots did not reduce the throttles or apply brakes as they felt that it would be safer to attempt to get airborne. After departing the runway surface, the airplane collided with a series of berms, which sheared off the left landing gear and left engine. The right landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest in a nose down attitude. Post accident e examination revealed that the student pilot had inadvertently set the rudder trim to the full right position when he adjusted the rudder pedals during the prestart checks. The rudder trim was in the full right position for the takeoff, and found in the same position upon post accident inspection.
Probable cause:
The student pilot failed to follow the checklist and set the takeoff trim properly prior to takeoff resulting in a loss of directional control. Contributing to the accident were the certified flight instructor's inadequate supervision and delayed remedial action.
Final Report:

Crash of a Canadair CL-600-1A11 Challenger 600 in California City: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 3, 1980 at 0910 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-GCGR-X
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Mojave - Mojave
MSN:
1001
YOM:
1978
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
7782
Captain / Total hours on type:
468.00
Circumstances:
The crew departed Mojave-Kern County Airport in the morning on a series of tests on this new Bombardier prototype. While in cruising altitude, the crew initiated an unscheduled stall when the airplane reached an angle of attack of 34°. Control was lost and the airplane entered a dive. All three crew members bailed out and the airplane crashed in a desert area. Two crew members were injured while the third occupant was killed as his parachute failed to open.
Probable cause:
Uncontrolled collision with ground following an emergency descent due to technical problems with instruments/equipment. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Flight and navigation instruments: angle of attack indicator,
- Binding,
- Hydraulic system: seals, deteriorated,
- Unknown failure in emergency chute jettison system.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas A-26A Invader in Chino

Date & Time: Feb 9, 1978 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N99218
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mojave - Chino
MSN:
18796
YOM:
1943
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
10000
Captain / Total hours on type:
1200.00
Circumstances:
On final approach to Chino Airport, the crew lost control of the airplane that crashed short of runway threshold. The aircraft was destroyed and both pilots were seriously injured. They were completing a ferry flight from Mojave.
Probable cause:
Loss of control on final approach after the n°2 propeller went into reverse thrust for undetermined reasons. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Thrust reversal unwanted,
- Material failure.
Final Report: