NTSB Identification: GAA16CA197
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Ramona, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/15/2016
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7ECA, registration: N8654V
Injuries: 1 Minor.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the touch-and-go takeoff roll, he observed the windsock shift direction, the left wing of the airplane lifted very fast, and the airplane rolled to the right. The pilot further reported that when the left wing came back down, the airplane was orientated toward the ground. Subsequently the left wing of the airplane impacted the ground, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing.
According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport revealed that, about the time of the accident, conditions were wind variable at 3 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 27.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff in variable wind conditions.
A pilot crashed his small, two-seat plane at Ramona Airport in San Diego County Saturday but survived, authorities confirmed.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said a 56-year-old pilot walked with only minor cuts after crashing his small aircraft near the CAL FIRE helicopter landing pad at the airport around 10 a.m.
The pilot was treated at the scene by CAL FIRE firefighters. No one else was aboard the aircraft and no one on the ground was injured in the crash, deputies said.
The SDSO said Ramona Airport officials have reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB). NBC 7 reached out to the FAA for further details on the plane crash, but have no yet heard back from the organization.
Ramona Airport is located at 2926 Montecito Rd., about two miles west of the central business district of Ramona, which is about 40 minutes from downtown San Diego. The airport is owned by the County of San Diego.
The site was first developed in 1943, when the U.S. Navy built a small airstrip. In 1956, the facility was conveyed to San Diego County and the airport has grown over the past six decades into an aviation center for inland and mountain communities.