NTSB Identification: SEA03WA030
Accident occurred Friday, December 20, 2002 in Geelong, Australia
Aircraft: Lancair IV, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On December 20, 2002, approximately 1530 Australian Eastern standard time, a Lancair IV experimental homebuilt airplane, VH-CIV, registered to and operated by a private individual, impacted terrain after a loss of control near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The airline transport pilot and sole passenger received fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated at the Point Cook airport, Victoria, on December 20, 2002, at 1500.

It was reported that the airplane was on its fifth flight since being issued its temporary certificate of airworthiness. The flight commenced with some gentle handling maneuvers, then climbed to approximately 6,500 feet where it commenced stall sequences. After the first stall, the aircraft entered what appeared to be a second "dynamic" stall during the recovery. The aircraft then climbed to approximately 6,300 feet and a second stall was attempted. It was reported that the airplane then appeared to depart controlled flight. A witness described the descent being at an angle of about 45 degrees (nose-down) with the aircraft motion described as "corkscrewing" or "spiraling."

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Australia. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
15 Mort Street,
Canberra City ACT 2601
Telephone 02 6274 6414

This report is for information purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the government of Australia.

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