Friday, June 23, 2017

Cessna 421B, N380AL, Desert Media Holdings Inc: Accident occurred June 22, 2017 at McClellan–Palomar Airport (KCRQ), Carlsbad, San Diego 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; San Diego, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Desert Media Holdings Inc:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA131
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Carlsbad, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 421B, registration: N380AL
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 June 22, 2017, about 1325 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 421B, N380AL, sustained substantial damage when the right main landing gear collapsed during the landing roll at Mc Clellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ), Carlsbad, California. The commercial pilot receiving instruction and flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was registered to Desert Media Holdings, Borrego Springs, California, and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight that originated from the French Valley Airport (F70), Temecula, California, about 40 minutes prior to the accident. The intended destination was Borrego Springs, California.

The pilot reported that the accident flight was the first flight following extensive maintenance and they elected to depart and circle F70 for about 20 minutes to verify everything was working properly prior to flying to various airports around the area. The pilot said they flew to Ramona, California, and conducted an uneventful landing prior to flying to CRQ. The pilot stated that following a normal landing on runway 24, he let the airplane roll out the length of the runway while using minimal braking. As the airplane slowed to about 10 knots, the pilot noticed a "severe wobble as something may have been out of balance." Subsequently, the right main landing gear collapsed and the right wing and elevator struck the ground.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the right wing sustained structural damage. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Borrego Sun Publisher Patrick Meehan, inadvertently created headlines following a crash landing.

Although Meehan was not on board at the time, the accident closed Palomar airport for approximately five hours whilst emergency crew worked to remove the plane.

Out on its maiden voyage following mechanical refurbishment, the apparent cause is thought to be the loss of landing gear on touchdown.

There are no reports of any injuries. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

The pilot is quoted as saying "It was a beautiful landing. Nice and soft. Straight down the runway and then the plane just broke. It was crazy."

June 25, 2017 (Borrego) – A private plane owned by Borrego Sun publisher Patrick Meehan broke apart during what the pilot described as a “nice and soft” landing last week.  The incident forced closure of Palomar Airport for several hours.

Meehan was not on board and there were no injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, however loss of landing gear on touchdown is believed to be the cause of the crash landing, the Borrego Sun reports.

Meehan acquired the Borrego Sun in 2009 from the Copley Press.  He has a background in the music business since the 1960s, having served as manager for Elton John and Black Sabbath. He later moved into film production and the music catalog business, as well as chairing a film holding company co-founded by George Harrison, the late Beatles musician.

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