Saturday, May 27, 2017

Johnson Glastar, N4579J, Snagwood Corp: Accident occurred May 26, 2017 near Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR), Concord, Contra Costa County, 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; Oakland, California.

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Snagwood Corporation:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA110 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 26, 2017 in Concord, CA
Aircraft: JOHNSON Glastar, registration: N4579J
Injuries: 1 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 May 26, 2017, about 1445 Pacific daylight time, a Johnson Glastar airplane, N4579J, experienced a total loss of engine power while in the traffic pattern for Buchanan Field Airport (CCR), Concord, California. The student pilot, the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight originated from CCR about 1443. 

The pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was to practice landings. The pilot took off uneventfully and flew the traffic pattern. When on the base leg, the engine suddenly quit without warning or any abnormal noises. He attempted to restart the engine several times, but to no avail. The pilot initiated a forced landing onto a roadway; during landing, the airplane's left wing impacted a light pole. The airplane traversed across an intersection when the nosewheel collapsed and the airplane slid to a rest. 

The airplane has been recovered to a secured location for further examination.

CONCORD — A small plane crashed near the Buchanan Field Airport on Friday afternoon, injuring the pilot, according to fire officials.

Robert Marshall, fire marshal for the Contra Costa County Fire District, said emergency responders were alerted at 2:45 p.m. to the crash at the intersection of Solano Way and Marsh Drive.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, was breathing when pulled out of the wreckage by a bystander, Marshall said. The person was taken to John Muir Medical Center.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine Glastar plane was returning to Concord because of a mechanical problem and crashed short of the runway outside the airport.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident, the spokesman said.

Oswaldo Lopez, 20, and his brother Luis Lopez, 17, were leaving after eating lunch at Kinder’s on the other side of Highway 4 when they saw a low-flying plane that caught their eye.

“It was too low … and the next thing, like 30 to 45 seconds later, we heard like a car crash,” Oswaldo said. “A loud car crash, you could hear the scrapes.”

His younger brother said they saw the plane wobbling and heard a screeching noise as it flew by before the crash.

“It sounded pretty weird and then all of a sudden it was like a loud car crash,” Luis said, clapping his hands loudly.

FAA registry records matching the crashed plane’s tail number describe it as a fixed-wing single-engine “experimental,” “amateur built” aircraft, which is a designation given to airplanes made by individuals for non-commercial, recreational purposes.

“They’re very common and safe,” said Chris Ranker, 32, of Walnut Creek, who regularly flies a RV-4 single-engine experimental plane out of Buchanan Field and was near the scene after the crash. “It looks to me like it’s not even painted. Experimental planes need a certain number of hours of testing.”

Ranker said wind speeds Friday did not appear to be too strong for flying.

“It’s not beyond any limits … I wouldn’t hesitate flying on a day like this,” he said.

The plane appeared to have clipped the fence of a nearby Caltrans yard and bent a sign before coming to rest at the intersection. A team from the Contra Costa Hazardous Materials Incident Response Team was on the scene.

The intersection of Solano and Marsh was closed off around the plane, which crashed next to a traffic light pole and a car dealership. Flights were still departing from and landing at the airport Friday afternoon.

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CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) -- A pilot was injured in a plane crash near the Buchanan Field Airport in Contra Costa County Friday afternoon.

FAA officials said the single-engine Glastar, an experimental-type of plane built from a kit, had taken off from Buchanan Field Airport when it developed mechanical problems. ABC7 News learned the pilot then turned around to return to the airport, but lost altitude. The plane missed Highway 4, clipped a fence and skidded across four lanes of Marsh Drive before crashing into a stop light pole, just a few feet away from a car dealership.

The plane was registered to Snagwood Corporation out of Brentwood.

A couple that was in the middle of buying a car in the area was stunned to hear of the accident. "We were in the office getting ready to purchase the vehicle and our sales agent came in and said: 'a plane just crashed, come on out.' So, we came out and the plane was still running, actually," a woman said.

"A lot of fuel was on the ground with the plane still running like that, so I thought we should back up and not get too close, and then we saw an officer come in and shut the plane down," a man said.

An officer shut off the plane and there was no fire.

ABC7 News learned a bystander nearby pulled the pilot from the plane, and he was later taken to John Muir Medical Center in moderate condition. He was conscious and talking.

Officials said no one else was on board.

The plane managed not to strike any buildings, cars or people.

FAA and NTSB officials are working to investigate the cause of the crash.

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CONCORD (KRON) — A small plane has crashed in Concord Friday afternoon, according to Contra Costa Fire officials.

The single-engine Glastar went down at the intersection at Marsh Drive and Solano Way.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, was injured in the crash and transported to John Muir John Muir Medical Center.

The plane was returning to Concord due to a mechanical problem and crashed just short of the runway outside the airport.

The extent of the pilot’s injuries is unknown at this time.

Fire crews have plugged a fuel leak from the plane.

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CONCORD (CBS SF) — Concord Fire Department officials report that there were no injuries Friday afternoon when a small plane made a crash landing in an intersection near Buchanan Field.

The crash happened at about 2:45 p.m. Friday on Solano Way next to a car dealership, fire officials said.

The plane was missing a wing and up against a light post at the corner of the intersection of Solano Way and Marsh Drive.

Originally it was reported there were no injuries, but the pilot was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. There was no immediate word on the pilot’s condition.

Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the single-engine Glastar was returning to Concord due to a mechanical problem and crashed short of the runway outside the airport.

The pilot was the only person on board, said Gregor.

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

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