FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11
NTSB Identification: WPR16LA136
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 01, 2016 in Bridgeport, CA
Aircraft: ROCHLIN PAUL JR RANS S6, registration: N2181K
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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 July 1, 2016, about 1040 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Rans S6ES airplane, N2181K, impacted terrain about 1 1/2 miles north of the Bryant Field Airport (O57), Bridgeport, California. The pilot, the sole occupant, was seriously injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The flight originated from Auburn Municipal Airport (AUN), Auburn, California, at an unknown time, and was destined for O57. Visual meteorological (VMC) conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.
The pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that upon nearing his destination of O57, he flew over his parents' home to let them know that he was landing at the airport, and for them to pick him up. After passing over the home, with the intention of landing at O57, he turned sharply to the right then remembers the ground coming up into view.
An FAA inspector documented and photographed the accident site. The first identified point of contact was an area of disturbed dirt and impact marks with the ground on southwest facing sloped terrain. The impact marks were consistent with the airplane colliding with the terrain in a nose down attitude. The airplane remained intact and sustained substantial damage.