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NTSB Identification: CEN17CA345
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 09, 2017 in Ramah, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/2017
Aircraft: SHINER RV-4, registration: N70RV
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that that the sun was in his eyes as he was landing his low-wing airplane. He said that there were 3-ft-high berms in the area where the airplane touched down and that the runway was about 30 ft wide. The left wing struck the berm and the weeds. The propeller then impacted the berm, followed by the right wing and tailwheel. The right wing sustained substantial damage. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions of the airplane.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from berms during landing in sun glare conditions.