Sunday, August 27, 2017

North American Navion A, N8695H: Accident occurred August 27, 2017 near Rohnerville Airport (KFOT), Fortuna, Humboldt 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:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA191
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Fortuna, CA
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN NAVION A, registration: N8695H
Injuries: 1 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 August 27, 2017, about 1620 Pacific daylight time, a North American Navion A, N8695H, experienced a total loss of engine power during the initial climb from Rohnerville Airport, Fortuna, California. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The local personal flight departed from Fortuna about 1615. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot stated that he departed with about 10-12 gallons of fuel on board. After the airplane reached about 1,000 feet above ground level (agl), the engine experienced a total loss power. He attempted to return back to the airport, but was unable to maintain altitude and made an off-airport landing in a pasture about .5 miles from the runway. During the landing, the airplane incurred damage to the firewall.

Just before 4 p.m., a 1947 North American Navion plane had an accident near the intersection of Drake Hill Road and Hillcrest Drive in South Fortuna which is near the Rohnerville Airport.

The details are unclear but according to Shellie Mendes, a witness, “There was no engine sound at all while [the] plane was coming down.”

The pilot received no injuries in the incident. And, according to Mendes, the horses in the field were all okay.

At this time we don’t know if the owner of the plane who is listed as a John Norberg of Eureka was the pilot.

Bureau of Land Management, Fortuna Police, and Fortuna Fire on the scene, Mendes said.

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Word came across the police scanner roughly an hour ago, that a small aircraft went down in the Fortuna area.

Kym Kemp reports that no injuries were suffered during the crash, which happened down the road from the Rohnerville Airport, near the intersection of Drake Hill Road and Hillcrest Drive in Fortuna.

According to FAA records, the aircraft tail number given by an on-scene officer over the scanner, belongs to a 1947  North American Navion A, fixed-wing single-engine aircraft owned by John Norberg of Eureka.

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