FAA Flight Standards District Office: RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA
AIRCRAFT CRASHED 8NM NE OF AIRPORT UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES.
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: APPLE VALLEY
APPLE VALLEY --- Apple Valley Protection Fire District Chief Sid Hultquist said a Cessna 182A pilot and his passenger escaped major injuries after an emergency landing caused the aircraft to "flip over" in a remote and rural area Sunday night.
The pilot suffered facial and wrist injuries. His passenger complained of chest discomfort.
Hultquist said firefighters were dispatched to the crash at approximately 7:30 p.m. However, the crash scene was not found by authorities until 50 minutes after receiving the report.
"The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's helicopter was extremely valuable in finding the crash scene," Hultquist said. "All we knew was the crash was reported somewhere in the desert, northeast of the Apple Valley Airport. It was a very vague description that said the scene was anywhere from three to eight miles northeast of the airport. The pilot and the passenger were unsure where they were and without the helicopter, we probably wouldn't have found the scene because it was in a very remote and rural area that you could not see from the road."
The Cessna was found near Central and Johnson roads, roughly three miles northwest of the airport. But firefighters were met with a new challenge of getting to the scene due to rough terrain.
Hultquist said firefighters were forced to used 4-wheel drive vehicles to get to the scene. An SUV was used to transport both men, in their 60s, to the road, where they were treated by AVFPD firefighters and later transported to St. Mary Medical Center for medical evaluations.
The pilot attempted to make an emergency landing for unknown reasons. The aircraft's front propeller struck a dirt embankment, causing the Cessna to flip upside down.
"Thankfully the plane didn't catch fire and these men were able to exit with moderate injuries," he said. "This could have been a lot worse. We don't know why they tried landing out there. The cause is still under investigation."
A Cessna 182A crashed in a remote area about three miles northeast of the Apple Valley Airport.
Fire Chief of the Apple Valley Fire District Sid Hultquist says with the assistance of the Sheriff’s helicopter they were able to pinpoint the aircraft nearly 50 minutes later.
The helicopter landed next to the upside down plane and Sheriffs discovered both male occupants had exited the plane.
The terrain required a 4-wheel vehicle to transport paramedics to the site in order to access the scene.
The pilot suffered injuries to his wrist and face, while the passenger had minor injuries to his chest. Both were transported to Desert Valley Medical Center for treatment.
“They attempted an emergency landing in the desert area and when the plane landed the propeller hit (the ground), and it flipped it upside down,” Hultquist said.
Almost exactly one year ago, a world-famous aerobatics champion for Red Bull, Michael (Mike) Mangold was killed in a plane crash at the Apple Valley Airport on December 6, 2015.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be summoned to investigate the crash further.
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