Sunday, July 3, 2016

Cessna 182M Skylane, N1642T: Accident occurred July 03, 2016 at Brian Ranch Airport (CL13), Palmdale,, Los Angeles County, California

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA El Segundo (Los Angeles) FSDO-23

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA356
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 03, 2016 in Llano, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N1642T
Injuries: 4 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 reported that during takeoff from a private dirt airstrip with an air density altitude near 6,100 feet, the airplane became airborne in ground effect, but was not able to "build airspeed sufficient to pitch for Vy (best rate of climb)". The pilot further reported that the wind pushed the airplane over an orchard and he intentionally put the airplane into an aerodynamic stall prior to impacting terrain.

A post-impact fire ensued and the airplane was destroyed.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported that during the takeoff roll he heard a "bang" which he initially assumed to be a rock hitting the fuselage, but later believed to be an engine failure. 

An examination of the postaccident photographs of the two-bladed propeller showed, approximately 1/3 of the outer portion of one propeller blade was snapped off across the cord perpendicular to the leading edge and the second propeller blade showed "S" bending, torsional twisting, and tip curl, which are all indications consistent with the engine producing power at the time of impact.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to attain an adequate airspeed and his intentional aerodynamic stall, which resulted in an impact with terrain and a post-impact fire.

LLANO, Calif. (KABC) -- A small plane carrying four people crashed while taking off in Llano on Sunday, according to officials.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the crash was reported at Brian Ranch Airport, located at 34810 Largo Vista Rd., at about 1:35 p.m.

Deputies with the Palmdale sheriff's station said the plane was taking off when it got about 30 feet into the air and crashed back down onto the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft, which was identified as a Cessna, hit a tree, crashed and then caught on fire.

According to the sheriff's department, the four adult passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Original article can be found here:

PALMDALE, Calif. - Federal aviation officials say no one was injured after a small aircraft with four people on board crashed north of Los Angeles.

The FAA says a Cessna went down Sunday at the Brian Ranch Airport in the unincorporated community of Llano, about 75 miles north of Los Angeles.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane crashed after striking a tree. The impact sparked a small fire, but the pilot and passengers were not seriously injured.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said no one required treatment at the scene.

Original article can be found here:

A small plane went down Sunday afternoon at a private airport in the Llano community of the Antelope Valley, prompting a response from emergency personnel, according to sheriff’s and fire officials.

The incident was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m. at Brian Ranch Airport, said Lt. Ken Wright of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Four male occupants were aboard the four-seater aircraft when it went down, the lieutenant said.

There were conflicting reports about whether anyone was injured.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, who described the incident as a “hard landing,” said no one was hurt.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, the four people on the plane suffered minor injuries.

Brian Ranch Airport, located about 25 miles east of Palmdale, specializes in “ultralights and light sport aircraft,” according to its website.

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