Thursday, August 25, 2016

Siai-Marchetti SF260, N16FD: Accident occurred August 25, 2016 at Fullerton Municipal Airport (KFUL), Orange County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Fullerton, CA
Accident Number: WPR16LA167
Date & Time: 08/24/2016, 1800 PDT
Registration: N16FD
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On August 24, 2016, about 1800 pacific daylight time, a Siai-Marchetti SF260 airplane, N16FD, sustained substantial damage following a loss of control during takeoff at the Fullerton Municipal Airport (FUL), Fullerton, CA. The flight was being operated by Air Combat USA, Fullerton, as an aerobatic training flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airline transport rated pilot and one passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no FAA flight plan was on file.

The pilot reported that the preflight, taxi, and initial takeoff roll were all normal. During the initial takeoff, just after rotation, the airplane began rolling left. The pilot attempted to correct for the roll by adding full right aileron and rudder, but the airplane continued to the left and impacted the ground off the left side of the runway. After the airplane impacted the ground, it continued to travel across a flight school ramp, hitting four parked airplanes, and a hangar before coming to rest. A small post-crash fire was quickly extinguished by airport personnel.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location, and examination of the airframe and engine are pending. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SIAI-MARCHETTI
Registration: N16FD
Model/Series: SF260 D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Air Combat, USA
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFUL, 96 ft msl
Observation Time: 0053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: Fullerton, CA (FUL)
Destination: Fullerton, CA (FUL) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  33.870556, -117.981667 (est)

A single-engine plane crashed at an airport on Wednesday leaving two people injured, according to the Fullerton Police Department.

The Fullerton Fire Department received a call around 5:59 p.m. of a small plane down at Fullerton Airport at 4011 W. Commonwealth Avenue. 

The plane, Siai-Marchetti SF260, lost control while taking off, veered across the runway, struck three parked airplanes and crashed into a hangar, according to a City of Fullerton press release.

Two people were on board the plane, owned by Air Combat USA, and sustained minor injuries. The pilot was on a routine flight, officials said. 

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

Story and video:

Federal authorities Thursday began figuring out why an aircraft veered out of control during a take-off attempt at  Fullerton Municipal Airport and crashed into a hangar.

The two people aboard sustained only minor injuries.

Tower personnel at the airport, which is located at 4011 W. Commonwealth Ave., notified emergency personnel of the crash, according to a Metro Cities Fire Authority dispatcher.

“The pilot of a Siai-Marchetti SF260, tail number N16FD, lost control while taking off and crashed into a hangar,” Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Two people were aboard and sustained minor injuries, Gregor said.

There was no fire and no one was taken to a hospital in the 6 p.m. Wednesday crash, the dispatcher said.

The plane bore World War II combat aircraft markings, including “Air Combat – USA” on the tail and an old U.S. Air Force insignia on the fuselage.

It is registered to an address in Portland, Oregon, according to the FAA, which will investigate the crash.


Anonymous said...

I was there, my comments to the response, the causal human factors, physical and mechanical inspection of the post crash aircraft is restricted to those I am accountable to ..

I can say that those who gave the trustee hell over the year before the accident should be held accountable ,From the Mistress, Airport Manager, the Uncle.. the pilots maintenance supervisor and staff who abandoned their duties of aviation safety..not to leave out the aviation community of Fullerton airport to allow a corrosive toxic and abusive atmosphere to be created ,,the same one that exists today..

Anonymous said...

Who in the aviation community of Fullerton was responsible for this crash?

Who and what specifically kind of corrosive toxic and abusive atmosphere was allowed to be created by them and how exactly did they do so?