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On  4 June, 2018, about 1152 PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), a GippsAero GA10, VH-XMH, was substantially damaged following a loss of control during spin testing and subsequent impact with terrain at Mojave, California.

The crew were assessing the aircraft’s spin characteristics with a belly-mounted cargo pod installed. An attempt to deploy the spin chute to aid the spin recovery failed, resulting in the crew electing to bail out. The two crew successfully exited the aircraft and deployed their parachutes whereupon they landed safely, but suffered minor injuries. The aircraft was operating under an Australian experimental certificate and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) special flight authorisation.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the FAA have commenced an investigation.

General details
Date: 04 June 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Location   (show map):Mojave, California Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: GippsAero 
Aircraft model: GA10 Airvan 
Aircraft registration: VH-XMH 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Mojave, USA
Destination:Mojave, USA
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Last update 25 July 2018