Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, American Aviation Academy, N2179L: Fatal accident occurred February 12, 2017 in Ramona, San Diego 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: San Diego, California
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Lycoming Engines; Phoenix, Arizona 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:   https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

American Aviation Academy Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N2179L

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA063 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Ramona, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N2179L
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Minor.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 12, 2017 about 1430 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 172S, N2179L, impacted terrain while maneuvering five miles north of Ramona, California. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and student pilot had minor injuries and the rear seated passenger was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The aircraft was registered to and operated by American Aviation Academy, Inc, Gillespie, California, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight. The flight originated from Gillespie Field Airport (SEE), Gillespie, California at about 1400.

The student pilot stated that he completed a weight and balance calculation, which was signed off by the CFI. After the preflight was accomplished and fuel was added to the airplane, an additional passenger boarded. After approaching the practice area and conducting training near a dirt strip, two consecutive simulated engine failure procedures were accomplished. While climbing out on the last simulated engine failure, the CFI instructed the student pilot to turn left in the direction of east. While in the turn with full power, the student pilot recognized rising terrain and the CFI took over control of the airplane. Subsequently, the airplane impacted a wooded valley about 5 miles north of Ramona, California. 


Examination of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, revealed that the airplane impacted a large tree and steep terrain. The tree penetrated through the main cabin floor and roof. The main wreckage remained intact with the exception of the propeller assembly which was located near the main wreckage. The wreckage was relocated to a secure facility for further examination.



February 14, 2017 (Ramona) – A Cessna 172S Skyhawk registered to the American Aviation Academy and flying out of Gillespie Field as an instructor/student flight on Sunday crashed onto a mountainside in Ramona, killing Shaira Noor, 21, of Bangladesh. She had been training at the academy for nine months. Noor was in the backseat of the Cessna and was impaled by a tree on impact, which killed her instantly.

Two other occupants survived, climbing to an elevated area and using cell phones to call for help, the Sheriff’s department reports.

The Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter and deputies from the Ramona substation found the crash and helped rescue the two survivors, who were transported to a local hospital. They had minor injuries and are expected to survive, according to Sergeant Andrew Mowins.  The deceased woman’s remains were recovered the next day.

Cause of the crash will be determined by an investigation conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

This is not the first time a flight from a Gillespie flight school has crashed.  At least two have fallen into nearby neighborhoods in the past couple of years.

“We are only one and a half months into 2017 and Gillespie already has a fatality by a flight school,” says Robert Germann with Citizens Against Gillespie Expansion (CAGE), a vocal critic of flight schools at Gillespie. “Gillespie wants to increase the schools” and train air traffic controllers, he noted, adding, “Gillespie wants to be an instrumented rated airport which means aircraft/pilot training will be taking off/landing at all times of the day/night in bad weather. Is this smart for an airport surrounded by mountains/hills? These mountains are heavily populated.”

Germann also raised concerns over the flight school owner telling a group of citizens worried about low flying aircraft that “Flying is dangerous so live with us flying over your house; if you don’t like it, move.”  He fires back, “I then have a problem with his judgment on how he operates his flight school. Does he put his students in unsafe situations in unsafe aircraft?

Germann said he wants to know how many hours of instruction time the instructor had and whether maneuvers were appropriate in the situation given the altitude, terrain, age and power of the aircraft, and weight of the aircraft with three people aboard.






10News confirmed the flight student killed in the small plane crash near Ramona is Shaira Noor, 21, of Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Desai Shubham told 10News he was close friends with Noor and they flight trained together at American Aviation Academy.


Shubham said Noor wanted to be a professional pilot like her father in Bangladesh. She had been training at the San Diego school for about nine months. Shubham described Noor as reserved.


One of the last things Noor said to him was that she missed her family and her home. 


Noor was in the back seat of the Cessna Saturday afternoon during a flight training exercise when the plane crashed into the mountain near Ramona.


The instructor and another student were in the front.

As the Cessna came down, a tree speared through the plane, killing Noor instantly.


Story and video:  http://www.10news.com



RAMONA, Calif. - One woman was killed and two men were injured but survived a small plane crash in rough terrain north of Ramona Airport Sunday afternoon, authorities said. 

The plane took off from Gillespie Field Airport about 2:30 p.m as an instructor/student flight, according to sheriff's Sgt. Andrew Mowins.

On board were a male instructor and another man and the woman who was killed, Cal Fire spokesman Isaac Sanchez told City News Service.

The deceased 20-year-old woman -- whose name was being withheld pending notification of kin -- died at the scene, Sanchez said.

The two men who survived were 28 and 25 years old, he said.

They climbed to high ground and called for help after the aircraft crashed into the mountainside in Ramona, Sanchez said.

A witness called 911 at 2:30 p.m. to report the plane down, but it took sheriff's deputies and Cal Fire personnel about an hour to find the wreckage, Sanchez said.

Sheriff's deputies in the ASTREA helicopter found the crash site in an inaccessible area, near Pamo Valley in the Cleveland National Forest. ASTREA was working with a joint use Sheriff/Cal Fire helicopter to access the scene, Sanchez said.

The surviving instructor and flight student suffered minor injuries and were transported to a hospital for treatment after their rescue, Mowins said.

The woman's body remained at the scene and the medical examiner will be flown up Monday, according to Mowins.

Recovery efforts for the plane were suspended at nightfall and will resume Monday, Mowins said.

Source:  http://www.10news.com





SAN DIEGO- A 20-year-old woman is dead after a small plane crashed in an inaccessible area north of Romona, Cal Fire officials confirmed.

A 28-year-old male and a 25-year-old male survived the crash, however the extent of their injuries is unknown. The three individuals were flying out of the American Aviation Academy out of Gillespie Field, Cal Fire explained. It is unclear who was piloting the plane at the time of the crash.

A witness called 911 to report the plane down and Sheriff’s deputies were first dispatched on the ground and in the ASTREA helicopter to the area of 19100 Horizon View Dr. at 2:30 p.m., according to Lt. Andrea Arreola. After an initial search of the aircraft was unsuccessful authorities were forced to broaden their search.

It took deputies and Cal Fire personnel about an hour to find the wreckage according to Cal Fire PIO Isaac Sanchez.

Sheriff’s deputies in the ASTREA helicopter found the crash site in an inaccessible area, near Pamo Valley in the Cleveland National Forest. Astrea was working with a joint use Sheriff/Cal Fire helicopter to access the scene, Sanches said.

Rescue personnel set up a command post on Pamo Road. SDSO and FAA will take over investigation of crash.

Source:  http://www.cw6sandiego.com




RAMONA, Calif. – A small plane with three people on board crashed in rough terrain north of the Ramona Airport Sunday afternoon, according to authorities. 

A 20-year-old woman died in the crash while two men, ages 25 and 28, survived, authorities told FOX 5.

A witness called 911 at 2:30 p.m. to report the plane down, but it took sheriff’s deputies and Cal Fire personnel about an hour to find the wreckage, according to Cal Fire PIO Isaac Sanchez.

Sheriff’s deputies in the ASTREA helicopter found the crash site in an inaccessible area, near Pamo Valley in the Cleveland National Forest. ASTREA was working with a joint use Sheriff/Cal Fire helicopter to access the scene, Sanchez said.

Rescue personnel set up a command post on Pamo Road.

The identities of the people aboard the plane were not released.

Source:   http://fox5sandiego.com

A 20-year-old woman is dead after a small plane carrying her and two other people crashed in an inaccessible, remote area north of Ramona, Cal Fire officials confirmed. 

A 28-year-old man and a 25-year-old man survived the crash. The extent of their injuries is unclear. They were flying from the American Aviation Academy out of Gillespie Field, Cal Fire says. 

The Cessna 172 crashed Sunday afternoon north of the 19100 block of Horizon View Drive, according to San Diego County Sheriff's officials and Cal Fire officials. The area is north-northeast of Ramona on the side of a mountain, says Allen Kenitzer, media relations with the FAA. 

The crash is in a remote area, making it difficult for crews to access the plane.

The FAA and the NTSB will investigate. The cause of the crash is not known. 

No other information is available.

Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com

 small plane crashed just north of Ramona on Sunday, killing a 20-year-old woman and injuring two others, a fire official said. 

The two men, ages 25 and 28, were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

The flight had originated at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. The plane was affiliated with the American Aviation Academy.

The report of the crash came in around 2:30 p.m., Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said. 

After an hour of searching, sheriff’s and fire officials found the crash site in Pamo Valley, near Ramona, Sanchez said. 

The site is inaccessible by ground, and first responders were flown to it.

Source:  http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com

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