On April 5, 1996, at 0800 Pacific standard time, a Van Dyke GVD1, N94GV, was substantially damaged during takeoff from the Riego Flight Strip Airport, near Sacramento, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the personal flight. The private pilot, who built the experimental airplane, was not injured. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
According to the pilot, the flight was originating at the time of the accident. He reported that during an initial climbing turn, about 200 feet above ground level, his airplane snap rolled. He stated that he recovered from the roll, but had insufficient remaining altitude to prevent crashing into the underlying rough terrain.