Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cessna 421C Golden Eagle, Two One Sierra Golf LLC, N21SG: Accident occurred April 13, 2016 at Furnace Creek Airport (L06), Death Valley National Park, California


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Las Vegas FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA092
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Death Valley, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 421C, registration: N21SG
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 April 13, 2016, about 1102 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 421C, N21SG, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion following landing at Furnace Creek Airport (L06), Death Valley National Park, California. The airline transport pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from St. George Regional Airport (SGU), St. George, Utah, about 0945. The personal flight was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. 

The pilot stated that the flight was uneventful and that he entered the airport traffic pattern to land on runway 33 at L06. He stated that the airplane touched down within the first 500 feet of runway, and that upon application of brakes, he found the right brake "very soft" and "totally ineffective." The airplane departed the end of the 3,065-foot-long runway and the nose landing gear collapsed, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage. 

Further examination of the airplane was scheduled for a later date.

Furnace Creek, CA (KTNV) - A small plane was heavily damaged when it ran off the end of the runway at a Death Valley airport Wednesday morning.

The Cessna 421C Golden Eagle airplane was attempting to land at 10:45 a.m. at the Furnace Creek Airport. The pilot attributed the incident to mechanical issues.

There were no injuries to the family of three people on board. Park rangers responded to the incident to confirm that there were no injuries.

Furnace Creek Airport was expected to be shut down until the plane wreckage was removed.  

The Federal Aviation Administration and  National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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