Sunday, March 11, 2012

Beechcraft 76 Duchess N6697L: Accident occurred March 10, 2012 in Rio Linda, California

NTSB Identification: WPR12LA128 

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 10, 2012 in Rio Linda, CA
Aircraft: BEECH 76, registration: N6697L
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On March 10, 2012, about 1940 Pacific standard time, a Beech 76, N6697L, sustained substantial damage following a dual engine power loss and subsequent forced landing near Rio Linda, California. The airline transport pilot and his two passengers were not injured. The pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross-country flight, which had originated from Visalia, California, about 1810. A flight plan had not been filed.

The pilot said that he was descending towards his destination when both of the airplane’s engines stopped producing power. He selected a dark space on the ground and performed a forced landing. During the landing the airplane collided with a ditch and a fence. The airplane’s right wing was separated from the fuselage, and the fuselage and left wing were bent and wrinkled.

RIO LINDA (CBS13) – A plane crash-landed Saturday night in Rio Linda but no one was seriously injured.

The incident happened at around 7:30 p.m. in the 6900 block of West 4th Street.

The small two-engine plane was headed to McClellan Airfield when its left engine failed. The right engine then failed, forcing the pilot to land the plane in a field located four miles northwest of the airport, said FAA spokesperson Allen Kenitzer.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage. All three men who were on the plane suffered minor injuries but were able to walk away from the crash.

The plane, a Beech 76 Duchess, was still in the field Sunday, just short distance away from a home where a family was eating dinner Saturday when it went down.

“They got lucky,” said Joseph Delso Sr., who lives in the home near where the plane crashed. “It’s just amazing nobody was hurt. Everybody walked away.”

It’s possible the plane ran out of fuel, but the exact cause of the crash is under investigation.

RIO LINDA, Calif. -- The wreckage of a small plane sat in the yard of a Rio Linda family Sunday after it crashed there Saturday night.

The three men aboard the plane walked away from the crash after narrowly avoiding power lines and landing 120 feet from a home where 40 people were attending a party, said Joseph Delso, whose yard is where the plane crashed.

Delso said the home next door, on the 6000 block of 4th Street -- which belongs to his father-in-law -- is where 40 people were gathered for a party Saturday night when the plane went down. He said the pilot and the other two men aboard the plane appeared to be calm and possibly in shock after the crash. Delso and his family walked them into the home and helped tend to facial cuts and scrapes, which appeared to be the men’s only visible injuries, Delso said.

KCRA-3 could not reach the pilot. Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane is registered to Rajinder Kalar, from Beaverton, Ore.

A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board told KCRA-3 on Sunday that the pilot reported that his engines were failing and crashed at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday. Other pilots told KCRA-3 that the failure of both engines would typically indicate a lack of fuel, though investigators could not confirm the exact nature of the problem on Sunday. The NTSB will investigate the accident further once it receives a report from the Federal Aviation Administration, which will send an investigator to the site, according to the NTSB spokesman.

This aircraft went down in a field just outside of Sacramento, CA in Rio Linda at approximately 1930Hrs, March 10, 2012 after both engines failed. There were three souls aboard and all three walked away from the incident.

RIO LINDA - Three men walked away from a plane crash on Saturday night after their aircraft landed in a field near a Rio Linda home.

The small twin engine aircraft, a Beech 76 Duchess, crashed around 7:30 p.m. at the 6900 block of West 4th Street.

"I just don't know how these guys survived. I don't know how they survived," said Adrienne Levy whose home was nearly struck during the incident. The aircraft clipped a telephone pole when it landed, Levy said.

"I think if it hadn't hit that telephone pole it would have come right into our house and we have a full house of people here -- we've got like 10 kids here, so it's pretty scary," said Levy.

FAA spokesperson Allen Kenitzer explains that the aircraft experienced left engine failure followed shortly by right engine failure causing the pilot to force land in a field, 4 miles northwest of its destination.

"All of a sudden I heard a puff and the puff caught my attention," said Joe Delso who was attending the party at Levy's home. "I looked over to the east and I saw a light and I heard wind and all of a sudden I heard a thud," said Delso.

The aircraft was on its way to McClellan Airfield from Visalia, California.

Kenneth Isenhower lives near the crash site and saw the plane coming in as the pilot struggled to find a safe place to land.

"I heard the plane coming overhead and it looked lower than normal and so I come out and look at it and the lights start flickering on the plane and then all of a sudden they go out," said Isenhower.

The three men on board walked away from the crash with minor injuries.

"I know they were extremely thankful and two of them were in pretty big shock -- maybe at shock they're alive," said Levy.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage, according to Kenitzer.

According to the FAA, the registered owner of the aircraft is Rajinder S. Kalar of Oregon.

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Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies and Sacramento Metro firefighters responded after a small plane crashed in Rio Linda on Saturday.

The twin engine propeller Beechcraft Duchess crashed in a field off West Fouth Street, less than 7 miles from McClelan Field, and just under 3 miles from the Rio Linda airport.

Investigators believe the three men onboard the aircraft were traveling from Visalia to McClelan Field when both engines failed.

All three men suffered lacerations to their faces. No other injuries were reported.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Officials with the NTSB and the FAA are on the way. They will take over the investigation after they arrive.

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A small plane went down Saturday night in Rio Linda because of engine failure, but the pilot and two passengers walked away “virtually uninjured,” said Deputy Jason Ramos, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

Witnesses reported the crash about 7:30 p.m. as the plane dropped over the semi-rural area. The pilot managed to guide the twin-engine fixed-wing aircraft to a field between houses on large lots in the 6900 block of West Fourth Street, Ramos said. The plane landed hard, but there was no fire, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials responded to the scene.

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