Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Riverside FSDO-21
NTSB Identification: WPR17LA036
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 11, 2016 in Mecca, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA T210M, registration: N761SZ
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 December 11, 2016, at an undetermined time, a Cessna T210M, N761SZ, landed off airport in rough terrain near Mecca, California. Aspen Flying Club was operating the rented airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The cross-country personal flight departed Colorado Springs, Colorado, about 1200 PST (1400 central standard time) with a planned destination of Thermal, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.
The pilot reported that he had to adjust his route of flight due to weather. About 100 miles from the destination airport, he switched fuel tanks, and the engine began to run rough. About 12 miles from the destination, he switched fuel tanks, and the engine lost all power. He could not glide the airplane to the airport, and touched down hard in hilly desert terrain. The pilot was on the ground for an undetermined time trying to find his cell phone to alert first responders of the accident.
A Denver man was rescued after crash-landing his plane in Riverside County, authorities said Monday.
David Wedmore, 60, was flying his single-engine Cessna late Sunday when he crash-landed about eight miles east of the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in the Coachella Valley, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies were alerted to the aircraft emergency just after 10:30 p.m. and eventually made contact with Wedmore via cellphone.
Within an hour, rescuers from San Bernardino and Riverside counties’ sheriff’s departments used GPS coordinates to find Wedmore, who was conscious. Officials said he had injuries to his head and face.
He was hospitalized and is expected to survive. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified, authorities said.
The cause of the crash-landing was under investigation.