Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N6912C: Fatal accident occurred November 22, 2016 in Upland, California

Stephen Michael Lassetter

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AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE 1 PERSON ON BOARD WAS FATALLY INJURED, SUBJECT OF AN ALERT NOTICE, WRECKAGE LOCATED IN THE SAN ANTONIO HEIGHTS AREA, NEAR UPLAND, CALIFORNIA. 

Date: 22-NOV-16
Time: 12:27:00Z
Regis#: N6912C
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Fatal
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: UPLAND
State: California

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by emaileyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email  assistance@ntsb.gov. 


UPLAND – Low clouds obscuring the foothills may have been a factor in the crash early Tuesday of a small plane above San Antonio Heights, a small unincorporated community north of here.

The pilot and only occupant, Stephen Lassetter, 66, of Upland was killed.

The Piper PA-28-181 Archer II had taken off in the early morning darkness from Cable Airport enroute to Riverside when it crashed into a hillside.

Sheriff’s deputies responding to a report that the pilot could not be contacted quickly found the crash site and determined that Lassetter had been killed.


The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash. 

SAN ANTONIO HEIGHTS, Calif. (KABC) --   A man was killed when the small plane he was piloting crashed in the San Antonio Heights area near Mount Baldy, officials confirmed after the aircraft's wreckage was found Tuesday morning.

The Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, which departed from Cable Airport in Upland and was en route to Riverside, was reported missing at around 5 a.m., said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Airport officials said the propeller plane took off at approximately 4 a.m., when skies were clear. There were no significant weather conditions to speak of at the time.

According to KNX 1070, the man had been expected to switch planes in Riverside and begin training as a pilot for the station's traffic reporters.

The wreckage was found near Mountain and Euclid avenues at about 6:15 a.m., according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The intersection is about one mile east of the San Antonio Dam.

"We haven't gotten any indication whatsoever from Ontario or any other airport saying that there was any emergency announce or any in-flight problems that he came over the radio," said Battalion Chief Doug Nelson of the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

The deceased pilot was not immediately identified. There were no other reported occupants of the plane.

A helicopter team of firefighters and sheriff's deputies responded to the crash site, where authorities said the aircraft was unstable on a hillside. They planned to secure the plane before extracting the man's body.

Story and video:   http://abc7.com

San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief Doug Nelson gives information as officials investigate the scene of a fatal plane crash in San Antonio Heights, Tuesday, November 22, 2016. 




MOUNT BALDY >> A person was found dead inside a small plane that had crashed in the Mount Baldy area early Tuesday morning, about two hours after a similar plane was reported missing, officials said.

“Crews have reached crash site. Single occupant with fatal injuries,” read a Twitter post from the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Fire crews, San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and L.A. County sheriff’s deputies are working together to reach the plane found down north of San Antonio Heights, authorities said.

“We learned from Ontario air ground control the plane was missing around 4:30 a.m. when they lost contact with it,” said Upland police Sgt. Mike Rainwater.

“There was an aircraft accident early Tuesday morning near Upland, Calif.,” said Allen Kenitzer, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in an email. “The airplane, a Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, flying from Upland to Riverside, crashed under unknown circumstances shortly after takeoff.”

Upland officers, with help from Claremont police and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, searched for the missing plane until the crash scene was located just before 6:30 a.m., authorities said.

Live television feeds showed a small plane on a mountainside with debris strewn for several feet around the crash site.

Sgt. Rainwater said the area where the plane was found, near Mountain and Euclid avenues, is in the Mount Baldy area, so sheriff’s officials — including Search and Rescue — will be handling the investigation.

Rescuers have set up a command post on the San Antonio Dam, officials said.

The cause of the crash was not released and is under investigation. 

Story and video:  http://www.dailybulletin.com

San Bernardino County Sheriff's arrive as officials investigate the scene of a fatal plane crash in San Antonio Heights Tuesday, November 22, 2016. One person was confirmed dead after the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II crash site was located just before 6:30a.m., according to authorities.

San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief Doug Nelson gives information as officials investigate the scene of a fatal plane crash in San Antonio Heights, Tuesday, November 22, 2016. One person was confirmed dead after the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II crash site was located just before 6:30a.m., according to authorities.

Officials investigate the scene of a fatal plane crash in San Antonio Heights, Tuesday, November 22, 2016. One person was confirmed dead after the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II crash site was located just before 6:30a.m., according to authorities.




A person was found dead inside a small plane that crashed south of Mount Baldy early Tuesday as it was flying from Upland to Riverside, officials said.

“Crews have reached crash site. Single occupant with fatal injuries,” read a Twitter post from the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Fire crews, San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and L.A. County sheriff’s deputies are working together to reach the plane found down north of San Antonio Heights, authorities said.

“We learned from Ontario air ground control the plane was missing around 4:30 a.m. when they lost contact with it,” said Upland police Sgt. Mike Rainwater.

“There was an aircraft accident early Tuesday morning near Upland, Calif.,” Allen Kenitzer, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email. “The airplane, a Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, flying from Upland to Riverside, crashed under unknown circumstances shortly after takeoff.”

Upland officers, with help from Claremont police and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, searched for the missing plane until the crash scene was located just before 6:30 a.m., authorities said.

Live television feeds showed a small plane on a mountainside with debris strewn for several feet around the crash site.

Sgt. Rainwater said the area where the plane was found, near Mountain and Euclid avenues, is in the Mount Baldy area, so sheriff’s officials – including Search and Rescue – will be handling the investigation.

Rescuers have set up a command post on the San Antonio Dam, officials said.

The cause of the crash was not released and is under investigation.

Source:  http://www.pe.com




A pilot was found dead in the wreckage of a plane found near Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains Tuesday morning, officials said.

The downed aircraft was initially spotted by a ground crew on a brush-filled hillside off Holly Drive and 26th Street in the San Antonio Heights area.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed members of the San Bernardino County Fire Department investigating the site about 6:30 a.m.

The Fire Department later confirmed the body of a single occupant had been found in the wreckage.

The Piper PA-28-181 Archer II plane last made contact with officials at Ontario Airport early Tuesday morning, Fire Department Battalion Chief Doug Nelson said.

Officials believe the plane originally took off from Brackett Field in La Verne, Nelson said.

The pilot appeared to have suffered “multiple trauma” as a result of the crash, Nelson said.

The pilot’s identity has not been released.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash.

Source:  http://ktla.com




UPLAND, Calif. (FOX 11) - The wreckage of a small plane that was reported missing early Tuesday morning was found in the San Bernardino County mountains just north of Upland.

The Piper PA-28-181 Archer II aircraft - which took off from Ontario Airport and headed for Riverside Airport, was reported missing around 4:30am - soon after the small aircraft lost radio contact with nearby air control towers.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Search and Rescue teams discovered the wreckage on a steep mountainside just to the north of Upland.  

Authorities confirmed that the pilot was killed. It is still unknown if there were any passengers on board.


Story and video:  http://www.foxla.com 




Onlookers watch as officials investigate the scene of a fatal plane crash near Mt. Baldy, CA., Tuesday, November 22, 2016. One person was confirmed dead after the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II crash site was located just before 6:30a.m., according to authorities.


The wreckage of a small airplane that was reported missing early Tuesday has been found on a steep hillside near Upland, authorities said.

A Piper PA-28-181 Archer II flying to Riverside was reported missing before 5 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said. Air traffic controllers lost communication with the plane at about 4:30 a.m. after it took off from ; they requested a sheriff’s search and rescue team, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Elisabeth Sachs.

Searchers found the aircraft crashed on a grass- and brush-covered hillside between two canyons about a mile east of San Antonio Dam about 6 a.m., Sachs said.

The plane’s lone occupant was found dead, the San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Source:  http://www.latimes.com

2 comments:

gretnabear said...

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N6912C/history/20161122/1225Z/KCCB/KRAL/tracklog flight path was NE, destination was SE.

Martin Beylin said...

The VFR departure procedure out of KCCB is a 270 degree turn over the airport to depart northbound. Upon reaching the 210 freeway then it's a left or right turn on course. This phase of flight takes about 5 minutes from brake release till passing the freeway. The radar did not pick up the aircraft until It was over the top of the airport and about another 2 min after. Looking at the rate of climb and speed chart, indicates a normal climb and rate of speed until the last two radar sweeps. Then there is a sudden decent and a speed increase. looks like he fell forward on the yoke possibly incapicated. The weather was clear and the pilot was a very well seasoned pilot. I know, I was flying that morning, I am the one Ontario asked to raise him on frequency, and I know because he was coming to fly with me that morning. The weather was clear and calm that morning. There was no distress call and this pilot has flown out of this airport on a daily bases for the past 10 years. He was very familiar with the departure procedure. Let's leave the speculation to the professionals... NTSB and coroners office. I pray for this gentleman and his family. He was a great man and he will surely be missed.