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NTSB Identification: WPR15LA092
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 26, 2015 in Seabeck, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/05/2015
Aircraft: ALEXANDER RV-7, registration: N747BA
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

A witness located near the accident site reported observing an airplane “spinning out of control” as it descended toward the water and breaking apart as it descended out of sight behind a stand of trees. Some wreckage debris consistent with the accident airplane was found floating on the water’s surface; however, the majority of the wreckage was not located. Review of recorded radar data showed the airplane departing and then climbing to cruise altitude. The data then showed the airplane descend and climb twice. The last recorded radar target was located at 7,000 ft about 1 mile southwest of the recovered debris. The reason for the loss of control could not be determined because of the limited amount of wreckage that was recovered.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • A loss of airplane control for reasons that could not be determined because the airplane impacted water, and the majority of the wreckage was not recovered.