Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cozy Mark IV, N4518S: Accident occurred January 04, 2017 at Napa County Airport ( KAPC), California

The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: SACRAMENTO

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report   -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA048
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 04, 2017 in Napa, CA
Aircraft: SCHOSANSKI JOHN H COZY MK IV R, registration: N4518S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 January 4, 2017, about 1430 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur-built Schosanski, Cozy MK IV R airplane, N4518S, experienced a total loss of engine power after an attempted go-around during a touch-and-go landing at Napa County Airport (APC), Napa, California. The pilot subsequently made a forced landing on the remaining runway and the airplane overran the runway. The airplane was registered and operated by the owner/pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. The local personal flight departed Napa, California, about 1400 PST. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed.

The pilot reported that he was in the traffic pattern performing touch-and-go landings on runway 24. During approach, the pilot noted that the airplane would have landed further down the runway than desired and he initiated a go-around. As he advanced the throttle, the engine responded normally, but then rolled back to idle. The pilot attempted to land on the remaining runway, but the airplane overran the end of the runway and came to rest in a marsh area.

The airplane was powered by an automotive Mazda rotary engine, which was modified by the owner. The airplane was recovered for further examination.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating Wednesday's plane crash at the Napa County Airport that left the plane damaged but the pilot uninjured.

“I don’t even think he has a scratch on him,” said Winona Boyer, airport administrative assistant.

The pilot, whom Boyer described as an “older gentleman,” is a licensed pilot and tenant at the airport. He flies frequently and has flown the plane that crashed – a Cozy Mark IV – for several years, Boyer said.

The owner said his engine "just kicked off,” Boyer said. The pilot landed in the nearby creek because he thought it would be easier than the runway, she said.

The landing was reported as “possible plane crash” along a departure runway at 2:26 p.m.

Cal Fire, Napa County Fire, California Highway Patrol, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, American Canyon Fire and American Medical Response all responded to the scene.
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“It really made a mess,” Boyer said. “I think it probably totaled his aircraft but he was fine.”

The pilot was the only occupant.

Landings like this are not typical at the airport, Boyer said. The four-seat, single engine, homebuilt light aircraft, like other small planes, goes through annual maintenance, she said.

The NTSB investigates all civil aviation accidents in the U.S. The lead investigator on the case, Patrick Jones, did not respond to Register inquiries Friday morning.


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – A pilot escaped injury in a Wednesday afternoon small plane crash at the Napa County Airport.

The crash, which involved only one plane, occurred just before 2:30 p.m. at the airport, located in Napa, according to Cal Fire Capt. Leah Simmons-Davis.

Simmons-Davis said Cal Fire/Napa County Fire responded with three engine companies, one volunteer company, a helicopter and a total of 14 personnel. Medical and law enforcement personnel also were on scene.

The aircraft was a small personal use airplane that crashed in an apparent attempt to take off from the airport, Simmons-Davis said.

The plane landed into a levee adjacent to the airport, with part of the landing gear submerged in water, Simmons-Davis said. The aircraft suffered major damage.

Simmons-Davis said the pilot was the only occupant, and there were no injuries.

She said the crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.


A pilot was uninjured Wednesday afternoon after crashing an airplane while attempting to take off from the Napa County Airport, authorities said.

Emergency crews responded to the call at 2:26 p.m. as the pilot failed to take off and crashed into a levee next to the airport, according to Cal Fire. The pilot was flying solo.

The aircraft suffered major damage, Cal Fire said. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.


The pilot of a small personal airplane was not injured after crashing the plane into a levee while attempting a takeoff at Napa County Airport on Wednesday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

The aircraft hazard was reported as a “possible plane crash” along a departure runway at 2:26 p.m. Instead of taking off into the air, the aircraft headed into the water. Although no fuel was leaking from the plane, the aircraft had major damage, Cal Fire said.


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