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Accredited Representative (State of Manufacture (aircraft)) – Collision with terrain involving GippsAero Pty Ltd, GA10, VH-XMH, Mojave, California, USA. on 4 June 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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 NTSB have released the final report into this investigation.

Any enquires relating to the investigation should be directed to the NTSB: www.ntsb.gov

General details
Date: 04 June 2018   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Mojave, California    
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 29 May 2020   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 29 May 2020