Tuesday, October 02, 2012

RICHARDSON CALVIN R, ZENITH 601 XL, N224XP: Aircraft landed short of the runway - Vina, California




  Regis#: 224XP        Make/Model: EXP       Description: ZENITH 601 XL
  Date: 10/01/2012     Time: 1630

  Event Type: Incident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Minor

  City: VINA   State: CA   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Pleasure      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: SACRAMENTO, CA  (WP25)                Entry date: 10/02/2012 

An experimental aircraft had to make an emergency landing at the old army auxiliary airfield east of Vina on Monday. 

The Chico pilot, Calvin Randolph Richardson, 61, was flying the aircraft between Highway 99E and the Sierra Nevada foothills near the CalFire Helitach when he began to experience a loss of power around 9:30 a.m., reported the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department.

Richardson was making the emergency landing on the old airfield when his aircraft clipped a barbed-wire fence along the north edge of the airstrip, said the Sheriff’s Office.

The pilot was able to successfully make the landing with a flat nose wheel and minor damage to the aircraft, deputies said.

Richardson was not injured in the incident.

A 61-year-old Chico pilot experienced a loss of power, taking a hard landing about 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Vina area.

Initial reports indicated the plane had gone down for an emergency landing somewhere east of Highway 99E, near the Vina Helitack base with one person on board.

The scanner indicated possible injury, however, Calvin Richardson, the pilot, was uninjured and the only damage to the plane was the flat tire, Tehama County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Greer said.

Richardson was flying an experimental plane from Chico when it lost power and he tried to make an emergency landing at the old Army Auxiliary Field, east of Vina, Greer said.

As Richardson began his attempted landing, the front wheel hit a barbed wire fence on the north edge of the field during the approach, causing a flat tire, Greer said.

Two fence posts were damaged when the plane landed, according to a Tehama County Sheriff's Department press release.

A second plane was accompanying Richardson on the flight and was able to land with no problems, Greer said. 

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