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Accredited Representative - Engine failure involving a Titan Tornado aircraft, registered N4070F, near Mitchells VA, United States on 15 October 2015

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


On 15 October 2015 at 1300 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), an experimental, amateur built Titan Tornado aircraft, registered N4070F, fitted with a Jabiru engine, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power near Mitchells, Virginia. The pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, was not injured in the occurrence. As the accident occurred in the United States of America, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the USA is responsible for investigating this accident. As part of its investigation, the NTSB has notified the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as the State of Manufacture of the engine. In accordance with clause 5.18 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the ATSB appointed an accredited representative to liaise with the NTSB and initiated an investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

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General details
Date: 15 October 2015   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1700 UTC   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: Mitchells, Virginia, United States of America    
State: International    
Report status: Pending    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Titan, Tornado  
Aircraft registration N4070F  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Warrenton-Fauquier Airport (HWY), Warrenton, Virginia  
Last update 19 June 2020