Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beech F33A Bonanza, N222EN: Accident occurred February 15, 2017 in Pomona, Los Angeles County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Los Angeles, California
Continental Motors Inc.; Mobile, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report / National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA070

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Pomona, CA
Aircraft: BEECH F33A, registration: N222EN
Injuries: 1 Minor, 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 February 15, 2017, about 1834 Pacific standard time, a Beechcraft (Beech) F33A, N222EN, lost engine power during cruise flight and made an emergency landing at the Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, California. The pilot/owner operated the personal cross-country flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The pilot received minor injuries, and the passenger was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. A visual flight rules flight plan had been filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed Selma Airport (0Q4), Selma, California, about 1722, with an intended destination of Cable Airport (CCB), Upland, California.

According to the pilot's written statement, about 10 miles from his destination the Southern California (SoCal) approach controller terminated radar services with the pilot. Up to that point, and a little beyond, the flight had been uneventful. The pilot reported that close to the north boundary for Brackett Field Airport (POC), Laverne, California, Class D airspace, the engine without warning "stumbled, shuddered, and stopped making power." The pilot attempted to troubleshoot the engine without success. He then decided to divert to POC and set up for an emergency landing. The pilot radioed his intent and the POC controller cleared him to land. The pilot stated that at that point he radioed the tower that they were not going to make the runway. The pilot made a forced landing behind the NHRA drag strip East Grandstand. The airplane came to rest upright after it impacted double-stacked picnic tables.

POMONA >> Two people walked away with minor injuries after a small airplane crashed or made a hard landing at the Fairplex in Pomona on Wednesday evening.

The incident was first reported at 6:42 p.m. at the Fairplex, which is just across Fairplex Drive from Brackett Field in La Verne, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Cheryl Simms said.

Details of the incident were not yet clear, however, firefighters treated one person for apparently minor injuries, she said.

The Beech F33A Bonanza experienced engine failure near Brackett Field, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

“The pilot made an emergency landing near the race track grandstands,” Gregor said. “Neither of the two people on board was seriously injured.”

There was substantial damage to the plane, he said.

Pomona police officials received no 911 calls reporting the emergency landing, Lt. Alex Rilloraza said in a written statement.

“The police helicopter was in the area and advised of a possible aircraft down on the property,” according to the lieutenant.

The plane’s two occupants sustained minor injuries only and were walking on their own accord, Rilloraza said. “Both subjects were treated at the scene and released.”

Firefighters also dealt with fuel that was leaking fuel after the incident, police said.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an investigation, officials said. An NTSB official had nothing new to report Thursday.

FAA records show the airplane is registered to a Rancho Cucamonga man. The aircraft, manufactured in 1977, has a valid flight status through the end of 2018.

The aircraft was heading to Cable Airport in Upland from Selma Airport, Gregor said.

No further details were available.

Original article can be found here:

A pilot and his mother were thankful to have survived after his small plane made a hard landing Wednesday on a race track at the Fairplex in Pomona.

The emergency landing occurred about 6:40 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

"The engine just stopped," said Dawn Christensen, who was almost home with her son Derek Christensen from central California.

The plane was a Beech F33A Bonanza that experienced engine failure while en route to Cable Airport in Upland from Selma Airport near Fresno, according to Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.

"Then I heard him say, 'I don't think we're going to make it,'" Dawn Christensen said.

Derek Christensen radioed the tower at Brackett Field in La Verne, adjacent to the Pomona fairgrounds.

He put the plane down near the fairgrounds' race track grandstand, Gregor said.

"Instead of being scared, you fall back on your training and you do the best you can," Derek Christensen said.

The pair was not seriously hurt and were expected to come back home safe to Rancho Cucamonga.

"My plane is totaled, but at least I am still alive and my passenger is still alive," he said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was at the scene for a fuel leak from the Beechcraft. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash. 

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A small plane made an emergency landing last night at the Fairplex in Pomona:

“My plane is totaled, but at least I’m still alive and my passenger is still alive.”

Pilot Dereck Christensen and his mother weren’t even seriously hurt. They were returning from a trip to Fresno when his single-engine Beechcraft lost power, just as he was preparing to land at Cable Airport in Upland.

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