NTSB Identification: ERA13LA054A
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Williamson, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/13/2014
Aircraft: VANS AIRCRAFT INC RV-12, registration: N678AD
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of an amateur-built RV-12 intended to land at the non-towered airport, while a Boeing E75 (Stearman), which was the lead airplane in a flight of three Stearman airplanes, planned to fly over the airport at traffic pattern altitude as part of a fly-in event being held at the airport. The pilot of the RV-12 overflew the airport at an altitude of about 600 feet above the traffic pattern altitude and entered a right downwind leg of the traffic pattern for a landing on runway 13. Both pilots stated that they communicated their respective positions and intentions over the airport's common traffic advisory frequency. In addition, they stated that they were looking for each other when the two airplanes collided. The pilots were subsequently able to land their respective airplanes without further incident.

Examination of the airplanes revealed substantial damage to the lower left side of the RV-12's fuselage aft of the engine cowling and to the Stearman's rudder. The damage was consistent with the RV-12 flying on a northwest heading and the Stearman flying on a northerly heading at the time of the collision. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident. While operating in VMC, pilots are required to maintain vigilance and to see and avoid other aircraft.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The inadequate visual lookout by the pilots of both airplanes, which resulted in a midair collision.

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