On March 31, 2018, about 1408 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur built RV6A was destroyed when it impacted terrain near the Santa Paula Airport (SZP), Santa Paula, California. The private pilot and pilot rated passenger sustained fatal injuries and the airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Rosamond, California, at an undetermined time with a reported destination of SZP.
Witnesses located adjacent to the accident site and at SZP reported observing the accident airplane on the downwind leg for runway 22. As the airplane neared an area where a turn to the base leg would be performed, the airplane entered a steep left turn, followed by a subsequent spin and descent into the ground. Shortly after impact, a post crash fire ensued.
Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted trees and terrain about 0.7 miles east-southeast of SZP. All major structural components of the airplane were located within the 30-foot long wreckage debris path. The airplane came to rest upright on a heading of about 043 degrees magnetic. A majority of the right wing and center section of the fuselage were mostly consumed by fire.