Saturday, June 10, 2017

Piper PA-28-161, N2171D, National Air College International Inc: Accident occurred June 10, 2017 in Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County, California

National Air College International Inc:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 10-JUN-17
Time: 21:17:00Z
Regis#: N2171D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

A pilot is recovering from his injuries after the small plane he was flying in went down on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest near the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line. At approximately 2:28 p.m., the 31-year-old Korean pilot, who was flying solo, managed to call 911 from his cell phone to report that he had crashed. Ventura County Fire dispatchers through their conversation with the injured pilot were able to determine his GPS coordinates and pinpoint his location.

The Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center was contacted and confirmed that the single-engine Piper Cherokee plane had departed from the Santa Barbara Airport approximately 20 minutes prior to notification of the crash. The aircraft was based out of San Diego. The Personnel from the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District, Montecito Fire Protection District, and Ventura County Fire Department responded but because of the remote location and dense vegetation were not able to access the scene.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support Unit and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SBCSAR) team were deployed. The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and Carpinteria Fire personnel were in the process of sending crews to hike down from Divide Peak and also to send an SBCSAR crew to hike up from Rincon Canyon to the crash site.  

Fortunately, the low cloud layer held off just enough for two Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire helicopters to access the area. Copter 2 responded to locate the crash site and once the location was confirmed, Copter 3 was called into effect the rescue. Santa Barbara County Fire Aircrew Paramedics aboard Copter 3 were lowered on a hoist down to the injured pilot. They initiated patient care and extricated the pilot from the plane. He was hoisted up to Copter 3 and transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The successful recovery of the subject by Air Support averted a potentially all night operation by ground personnel.  

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

After the large search and on our way back to our station, SBCSAR was paged out to the report of a plane down in the wilderness area behind Carpinteria. Our team members responded to both Divide Peak Rd and to the intersection of Hwy 150 and Rincon Hill Rd. to coordinate with other responding agencies. 
Plans were made to insert additional SAR personnel with extrication equipment should the rescuers at the crash site need additional help to get the pilot out of the wreckage.

The pilot was hoisted out and transported to Cottage Hospital. 

Single engine plane crash within Los Padres Forest boundaries near Jameson Lake. Responders have staged a helicopter to find the exact location in Carpinteria.

Read more here:

A 31-year-old pilot was rescued after the small plane he was flying crashed Saturday in Los Padres National Forest near Carpinteria, officials said. 

A report of an downed airplane came in just after 2:30 p.m. near Jameson Lake as the aircraft traveled from the Santa Barbara Airport, according to Battalion Chief Michael Gallagher of the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane departed from the San Diego area for Santa Ynez, according to The Associated Press.

Crews got longitude and latitude coordinates of the crash site after Ventura County fire dispatchers relayed from Camarillo Airport air traffic controllers that the crash was confirmed, Gallagher said.

Based on the coordinates, crews knew the crash site was in a remote area of the forest not accessible by four-wheel drive, Gallagher said. Search-and-rescue teams were deployed to hike in and a helicopter was used to help find the crash site, Gallagher said. 

The site was found and a medical crew was able to hoist down into the area despite earlier concerns of low clouds, Gallagher said. The crew found the male pilot alive with serious injuries to his legs, Gallagher said. He was treated on the scene, then hoisted back into the helicopter, which took him to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Gallagher said. He was the only person in the plane. 

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office responded to the incident and the Ventura County Fire Department was called in to assist. 

It was the third crash of a small plane in the region in recent days. A plane broke up in the air on June 1 north of Ventura and crashed, killing the pilot, Michael Brannigan, of Lake Sherwood. Then on June 4, father and son James Harlan, 57, and Dylan Harlan, 15, both of Calabasas, were killed when a small plane crashed in the Santa Rosa Valley. 

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