Saturday, May 14, 2016

Beech C23 Sundowner, N3724Y: Accident occurred May 14, 2016 near Delano Municipal Airport (KDLO), Kern County, California

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fresno FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA113
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Delano, CA
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N3724Y
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 May 14, 2016, about 1100 Pacific daylight time, a Beechcraft C23 "Sundowner" airplane, N3724Y, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, following a loss of engine power, in an orange orchard near Delano, California. The student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was owned by a private individual and operated by the student pilot as a personal, cross-country flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the flight.

In a telephone conversation with a National Transportation Safety Board investigator, the pilot stated that he departed from the Bakersfield Municipal Airport (L45), Bakersfield, California, and flew to the west side of the valley practicing maneuvers before flying to Porterville Airport (PTV), Porterville, California, for a quick stop. The pilot then departed PTV, destined to Shafter Airport – Minter Field (MIT), Shafter, California. While en route, in the vicinity of Delano, the pilot stated that he switched the fuel selector from the right tank position to the left tank position. Shortly after he switched fuel tanks, the engine lost power and he could not get it restarted, so he initiated a forced landing to an orange orchard. During the forced landing the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The pilot estimated that he had 22 gallons of fuel per fuel tank prior to departure. 

A detailed examination of the airframe and engine are pending.

DELANO, California   --   The Kern County Fire Department confirms a plane went down in Delano this morning leaving one person hurt.

The single engine aircraft was discovered in the middle of an orchard just before 11 a.m. off Browning Road and Schuster Road.

KCFD says one person was hospitalized with minor to moderate injuries.

Original article can be found here:

DELANO, Calif. - The Kern County Fire Department is reporting that a plane crashed just south of Delano this morning.

The call came in just before 11 AM this morning, reporting that a single engine aircraft had gone down just south of Delano Airport.

Local authorities say that the plane landed in an orchard and that only the pilot was onboard; they were conscious when authorities arrived and were transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.

This is the third plane crash in Kern County in the last 24 hours; yesterday, one plane crash landed in Mojave and another flipped on a runway in Cal City.

Original article can be found here:

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A spokesperson for the Kern County Fire Department says a plane went down just before 11 a.m. on Saturday in an orange orchard on Browning Road and Schuster Road.

KCFD Battalion Chief Joe Appleton said they found one person conscious and alert in the single-engine plane. He was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

This is the third time a plane has gone down since Friday afternoon.

Original article can be found here:

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