Friday, February 24, 2017

Vans RV-8, N470LM: Accident occurred February 23, 2017 in Marysville, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA067
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Marysville, CA
Aircraft: GUARINO Vans, registration: N470LM
Injuries: 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 23, 2017, about 1730 Pacific standard time, a Guarino, Vans RV-8, N470LM, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in a field in Marysville, California. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airline transport pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The cross-country personal flight originated from Half Moon Bay Airport, Half Moon Bay, California, about 1600 with a planned destination of Auburn, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed

The pilot stated that he departed with full fuel in the wing tanks earlier that day from an airport in Davis, California. Had landed in Half Moon Bay for lunch and departed with a planned destination of Auburn. As he approached the vicinity, he decided to divert over to the Oroville Dam area to sightsee. He maneuvered around the area at about 2,000 feet agl and then started the leg back to Auburn. While en route, the airplane experienced a loss of thrust and the pilot could feel the airspeed slow. The propeller was still windmilling, but the throttle had no effect on the engine. He noted that the propeller circuit breaker had popped out, but there were no other indications of an anomaly in the cockpit.

The pilot further stated that with the engine operating at partial power, he was unable to maintain level flight and configured for the best glide speed. He attempted to restart the engine twice and switched fuel tanks, to no avail. The pilot made a forced landing in a soft field, resulting in the airframe sustaining substantial damage. The pilot estimated that at the time of the accident he had about 1.5 hours of fuel on board.

AIRCRAFT:  2008 Vans RV-8 N470LM; s/n 80070

ENGINE - M&M, S/N:  Subaru H-6 Eggenfellner sn R62841L62648

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N:  MT MTV-7-C/183-51  s/n unk

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:  217 TT  as of 8/19/16  

 PROPELLER: 217 TT as of 8/19/16

AIRFRAME:  217 TT as of 8/19/16

OTHER EQUIPMENT:   King KT76C, Garmin SL40, Grand Rapids EIS

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:   Aircraft force landed in a wet/soft field after loss of power.  Cause of power loss is undetermined.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Damage includes, but not limited to prop strike, firewall/forward fuselage, lower cowling, both main gear, both wings. 

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Plain Parts; Pleasant Grove, CA 

REMARKS:   Sold AS IS/WHERE IS.  Aircraft logbook included (1 logbook, no Separate engine logbook)

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BANGOR, California - Two men were injured Thursday evening after the experimental aircraft they were flying in crashed in Bangor. 

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says around 5:30 p.m. deputies responded to reports of a single-engine plane crash on La Porte Road near Pleasant Grove Lane in Bangor. 

The two men inside the plane had head injuries. 

The passenger was taken by helicopter to a local hospital and the pilot was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. 

It's not clear why the plane crashed at this time.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified and will take over the investigation. 


Two people survived a plane crash about 5:45 p.m. Thursday near Bangor with minor to moderate injuries.

A resident of Turtle Ranch Road saw the plane go down in the neighborhood off La Porte Road at Grimy Gulch Road, southwest of Bangor.

Although the injuries were not life-threatening, the plane’s occupants had to be extracted by Cal Fire-Butte County crews.

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