Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Kernville, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-150, registration: N9975D
Injuries: 3 Serious.
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 April 20, 2017, about 1859 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-22-150, N9975D, collided with terrain about a half-mile south of the Kern Valley Airport (L05), Kernville, California. The pilot/owner operated the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight. The pilot and two passengers were seriously injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed L05 at an unknown time and destination.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector responded to the accident site and reported that the entire airplane came to rest in a confined area. During the recovery of the airplane for further examination, the FAA inspector reported no visible obvious signs of an engine malfunction.
KERNVILLE, Calif. - Kern County firefighters rushed to the Kern Valley Airport after a plane with three people on board crashed.
According to Lt. Smallwood with KCSO, the plane crash happened around 7 p.m. Thursday night.
Officials said three people were aboard the plane when it crashed near the 9900 block of Sierra Way. All three suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said that the plane was a Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer and crashed under unknown circumstances.
The plane crashed about a half-mile south of the Kern Valley Airport, according to officials with the Federal Aviation Administration.
One witness said some of the occupants suffered broken bones, but everyone was alive.
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