Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nieuport 28, C C Air Corp, N6190: Fatal accident occurred April 23, 2017 in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California  

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

C C Air Corp: http://registry.faa.gov/N6190

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA089

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 23, 2017 in Paso Robles, CA
Aircraft: APPLEBY NIEUPORT 28, registration: N6190
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 April 23, 2017, about 0912 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Appleby Nieuport 28, N6190, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain about 1/2 mile east of the Bonel Airport (95CA) near Paso Robles, California. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The local personal flight departed from 95CA about 0907.

A witness, located at 95CA, reported observing the airplane in a steep nose down attitude just prior to losing sight of it at the tree tops, and shortly before it impacted the ground. Another witness located about 1 mile south of 95CA, observed the airplane turn to downwind and then he heard the engine "stumble" a couple of times.

Examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), investigator-in-charge (IIC), revealed that all major structural components and primary flight controls of the airplane, were located at the accident site.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.


Sunday 04/23/2017 3:24 PM - Plane Crash Update

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Plane Crash Update

DATE AND TIME OF INCIDENT: 4-23-17, Approximately 9:10 AM

PLACE OF OCCURRENCE: 8300 block of Highway 46 East, Paso Robles 

VICTIM INFORMATION: Javier Fernando Arango, 54 (DOB: 6-18-1962), Los Angeles

DETAILS OF NEWS RELEASE: The Coroner's Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has made a positive identification of the pilot of a plane that crashed on 4-23-17 in a field off Highway 46 East in rural Paso Robles. The pilot has been identified as 54-year-old Javier Fernando Arango of Los Angeles. Arango was the sole occupant of the plane which is described as a World War I replica biplane.

The Sheriff's Office is conducting the death investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will conduct the crash investigation. Representatives from those two federal agencies are en route to the scene.

RELEASED: Sunday 04/23/2017 3:25 PM

Original article can be found here:   http://www.slosheriff.org






One person was killed when a Nieuport 28 aircraft crashed in a field east of the Paso Robles Municipal Airport on Sunday morning.

Javier Fernando Arango, 54, of Los Angeles was the sole occupant in the Nieuport 28 when it took off from a private airstrip near the airport about 9 a.m., according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. The plane crashed a few minutes later in the area of Highway 46 and Estrella Road.

Arango was a board member emeritus of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and was a well-known member of the local aviation community.

He was also featured as a World War I aircraft enthusiast in Air & Space magazine, which said he had “one of the world’s finest private collections of World War I aircraft.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are expected to investigate the crash.

Original article can be found here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com




PASO ROBLES, Calif. - A well-known Paso Robles rancher, pilot and vintage aircraft collector died when the replica bi-plane he was piloting crashed in a field east of Paso Robles Sunday morning.

Arango was the sole occupant of the plane and died on scene.

According to those who knew him, Arango was a prominent pilot in the local aviation community and an avid collector and historian of antique planes.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum lists Arango as a member of the board.

Arango was also the author of at least one book on classic, World War I-era aircraft.

The cause of the crash Sunday morning is under investigation by the FAA and the NTSB.

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One person is dead following an airplane crash near Paso Robles on Sunday morning.

At around 9:00 a.m., a World War I replica biplane crashed north of a residence in a field at 8331 California 46 East.

Cal Fire and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

The male pilot died in the crash, he was the sole occupant of the plane. The identity of the man has not yet been released.

The plane took off from a private air strip minutes before crashing.

A coroner investigator and sheriff's deputies were on scene investigating. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the scene.

No injuries were reported on the ground.

Story and video:  http://www.keyt.com



The San Luis Obispo County Coroner has identified the man killed in a plane crash Sunday morning near Paso Robles. 

Officials say Javier Fernando Arango, 54, of Los Angeles died when his plane crashed in a field off Highway 46 East and Estrella Road. 

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's office responded just after 9 a.m. They say the plane was a World War 1 replica biplane. 

The sheriff's office is conducting a death investigation.   The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will conduct a crash investigation. 

Story and video:  http://www.ksby.com



San Luis Obispo County Sheriff‘s Deputies responded Sunday morning to reports of a plane crash in a field off of Highway 46 East near Estrella Road.

When they arrived, they discovered a single-engine World War I replica biplane, authorities said.

There was one adult male occupant on board the plane who was deceased. Following notification of next of kin, he was identified as Javier Fernando Arango, 54, of Los Angeles. The sheriff’s office is conducting a death investigation.

The plane apparently had taken off a few minutes earlier around 9 a.m. from a private airstrip a few miles away before it crashed into the field.


The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are en route to the scene. 

Original article can be found here: https://pasoroblesdailynews.com

PASO ROBLES, CALIF. — Authorities say a pilot was killed when a Nieuport 28 aircraft crashed in a field on California's central coast.

The San Luis Obispo County sheriff's office says the Nieuport 28 plane went down shortly after takeoff from a private airfield Sunday.

Spokesman Tony Cipolla says the pilot, the only person aboard, died at the scene in Paso Robles, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. The pilot has not been identified.

Sheriff's department photos show the plane on its side with broken wings and a crumpled front end.

Ian Gregor with the Federal Aviation Administration says it's a Nieuport 28 from 1976. The original biplanes were built starting in 1917, according to the National Air and Space Museum.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.wral.com

The pilot of a Nieuport 28 plane was killed when he crashed into a field in Paso Robles on Sunday morning, authorities said.

The Nieuport 28 aircraft is believed to have taken off from a private airstrip before crashing a few miles away in the 8300 block of Highway 46 East about 9:10 a.m., according to a statement from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office did not release the name of the pilot, an adult male, pending notification of his family. No one else was on board the aircraft.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.

Photos of the crash site provided by the sheriff’s office show a grassy field and the wreckage of a small plane with wings painted in a camouflage pattern.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were on their way to the scene.

According to an August 2014 article in Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine, there were at most 150 airworthy World War I-type planes in the world at the time. Original airplanes are rare; most are replicas made from metal rather than wood, the article said.

Robert Baslee builds World War I replica airplanes at his workshop in Holden, Mo. He told the magazine that he has built more than 30 of the planes, and his customers have assembled an additional 50 or 60 from kits.

The origin of the airplane that crashed is unknown.

On the website for his company, Airdrome Airplanes, Baslee wrote that a replica can be made from one of his kits in about 300 to 400 hours, using only basic hand tools.

“Flying an aircraft constructed with your own hands will provide endless hours of fun and excitement,” Baslee wrote. “Imagine yourself in the cockpit, donned in a leather flying helmet, goggles and a while silk scarf, the horizon backdropped by the warm glow of the setting sun. An experience that very few people will ever know.”

Original article can be found here: http://www.latimes.com

3 comments:

john doe said...

was this an Airdrome kit from Baslee

Charles Radford said...

The plane was described as a "Appleby Nieuport 28 from 1976" Robert Baslee wasn't making kits back in 1976

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification. Greatly appreciated!