Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cirrus SR20, N720DG: Incident occurred June 24, 2014 at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA), California

Small Plane Crashes at Santa Barbara Airport

No one injured in incident blamed on throttle malfunction

Emergency crews responded Tuesday afternoon to a single-engine plane that crashed at the Santa Barbara Airport while attempting to make an emergency landing.

Two people on board the Cirrus aircraft escaped injury in the mishap, according to Capt. Gary Pitney of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.

The plane — with a student pilot and flight instructor on board — was preparing to touch down on one of the airport's shorter north-south runways at about 12:20 p.m. when it experienced a throttle malfunction that prevented slowing the engine, Pitney said.

At that point, the flight instructor took over the controls, and made the decision to land the plane on Runway 25, which runs east-west and is considerably longer, Pitney said.

The plane, which sustained damage to its landing gear, came to rest on the runway overrun, about 300 feet short of a creek and east of Los Carneros Road, Pitney said, adding that the pilot was able to stop the engine by cutting off the fuel supply.

The alert came in at 12:19 p.m. and the airport's Station 8 fire crews responded to the grass at the end of the runway, airport marketing coordinator Lynn Houston said.

There was very minor damage to the landing gear and there were no delays caused by the short runway closure, she said.

Houston confirmed it was a local plane and there will be a National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the incident. 

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Throttle Issue Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing

A single-engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon at the Santa Barbara Airport after it was unable to throttle down during its final approach.

According to City Fire spokesperson Gary Pitney, the plane was trying to land at one of the airport's smaller runways but diverted to the main commercial runway after it couldn't adequately reduce power.

The pilot then shut off the fuel supply to the engine, which allowed the plane to land, but it overran the 1,000-foot safety area at the end of the runway and came to rest in a dirt field about 300 feet from Tecolotito Creek, said Pitney.

The pilot and his passenger escaped without injury, and the plane was towed to a maintenance facility for investigation and repair.

The runway was temporarily closed.

Story and photos:  http://www.independent.com

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Private plane crashes at Santa Barbara Airport

A single engine plane went down Tuesday at the Santa Barbara Airport.

Santa Barbara City Firefighters and Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Units responded to the crash.

They say the Cirrus plane over-shot the runway by nearly 1,000 feet, and ended up in a dirt field roughly 300 feet from Tecolotito Creek.

The pilot of the plane says the aircraft had a throttle-control issue, forcing him to shut off fuel supply to the engine to allow the plane to make a hard landing.

Neither of the plane's occupants had any injuries, and there was only minor damage to the plane.

One runway was closed for 7 minutes while Airport Operations moved the plane.

No commercial flights were affected by the closure.

Story and photo:   http://www.ksby.com 

Emergency Landing At Santa Barbara Airport 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -  The pilot of a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Santa Barbara Airport Tuesday afternoon after experiencing mechanical problems.

The incident happened about 12:15 p.m., just west of the main runway.

Santa Barbara Fire Captain Gary Pitney said the single-engine cirrus was on final approach to land when the throttle control began to malfunction, making it impossible for the pilot to reduce power.

Pitney said the pilot was in contact with the tower during the entire incident -- no other planes were involved.

Eventually, the plane landed "long" on the over-run area which is paved, then ran off the dirt roughly 300 feet short of a creek.

The NTSB gave airport officials the go-ahead to tow the plane to a nearby hangar, freeing up the runways for other planes.

The two people on board made it out of the plane safely and were unhurt.

Story and Slideshow:    http://www.keyt.com

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