Friday, November 25, 2016

Bellanca 7GCAA, N88373: Fatal accident occurred November 25, 2016 in Glamis, Imperial County, California (and) Accident occurred July 23, 2004 in Sequim, Clallam County, Washington

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Mike S. Mazzone:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Diego FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA029
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 25, 2016 in Glamis, CA
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCAA, registration: N88373
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On November 25, 2016 about 1145 Pacific standard time, a Bellanca 7GCAA, N88373, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain following a loss of control while on approach to landing at a private airstrip near Glamis, California. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries and his passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The flight originated from an open desert landing area about 5 minutes prior to the accident.

Witnesses located adjacent to the accident site reported that they observed the accident airplane land about midfield to the southwest while traveling at a high speed. The witnesses said that the airplane powered up and it pitched upward about 30 degrees before it banked steeply to the right. The witnesses continued to watch the airplane as it executed a 180-degree turn, paralleling the runway, and leveling off at an altitude of about 100 to 150 feet above ground level (agl). Shortly after, the airplane was observed making a steep right turn towards the runway before it descended out of their line of sight. Witnesses further added that at the time of the accident, the wind was from the north-northeast at 15 to 20 miles per hour, and later calmed down within an hour following the accident.

A friend of the pilot reported that the pilot was giving 10 to 15 minute rides to people in their campsite, and was initially taking off and landing on a long area of packed sand nearby. The friend of the pilot further stated that the pilot was conducting his 6th ride with the intention of landing at the nearby private airstrip in order to park the airplane overnight.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted open desert terrain about 565 feet northeast of the approach end of the southwesterly oriented dirt runway. The debris path was about 34 feet in length oriented on a heading of about 206 degrees magnetic. All major components of the airplane were located within the wreckage debris path.

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. - One person is dead and another is injured following a plane crash near Highway 78 and Ted Kipf Road.

The Imperial County Sheriff's Office confirmed the crash happened on Thursday.

The two people on board the aircraft have not yet been identified.

We have been in contact with the lead investigator from The National Transportation Safety Board who was working on scene today.

Our news crew was asked to leave the crash site as it happened on private property.

We also spoke to a witness near-by who was first on the scene but they did not want to speak on camera.

They say they believe it may have been a husband and wife flying that plane but they were not certain.

At this time we are waiting to hear back pending the results of the investigation.

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Aviation Accident Final Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: SEA04CA159
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 23, 2004 in Sequim, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/28/2004
Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCAA, registration: N88373
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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.

When the aircraft started to veer slightly to the right after landing the pilot pressed the right rudder to correct, got no response, then tried again with the same result. He then pressed the right brake but the airplane continued off the edge of the runway into a grassy area. The airplane subsequently impacted an irrigation pipe causing substantial damage to the right wing. No anomalies with the airplane were detected prior to or during the flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
Aircraft control not maintained during the landing roll. A factor was the irrigation pipe.

On July 23, 2004, about 1440 pacific daylight time, a Bellanca 7GCAA, N88373, sustained substantial damage subsequent to a loss of control during landing roll at the Sequim Valley Airport, Sequim, Washington. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) personal flight under the provisions of Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight originated from Port Angeles, Washington, approximately 15 minutes prior to the accident. 

In a written statement, the pilot reported that after landing on runway 27 the aircraft started [to veer] slightly to the left. He reported that he pressed right rudder to correct and got no response, then tried again with the same result. The pilot stated that he then pressed the right brake, but the airplane continued left at about 30 degrees before going off the runway into the grass. The pilot reported that he then saw an irrigation pipe about 30 feet from the side of the runway. He tried to slow the airplane with both brakes but rotated about another 90 degrees before impacting the pipe, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing. In a previous telephone interview with an NTSB investigator, the pilot reported no anomalies with the aircraft prior to or during the accident fight which would have prevented normal operations.

1 comment:

mr said...

N88373, Pilot Mike Mazzone died (source: Facebook).