Sunday, September 17, 2017

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II, N2587X: Accident occurred September 17, 2017 near Gillespie Field Airport (KSEE), El Cajon, 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:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA208
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 17, 2017 in El Cajon, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-161, registration: N2587X
Injuries: 2 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 September 17, 2017, about 1345 Pacific daylight time, a Piper 28-161, N2587X, experienced a partial loss of engine power while on downwind for runway 27L at Gillespie Field Airport (SEE), El Cajon, California. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and pilot rated passenger sustained minor injuries; the airplane's left wing was substantially damaged. 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. The flight originated from SEE at about 1250. 

The pilot reported that after flying around the area they returned to the airport to practice a few touch-and-go landings. The first two left traffic touch-and-goes were uneventful; after the third takeoff, the tower informed them to make right traffic. While on a longer downwind than normal they were cleared to land; the pilot reduced power and started to descend. When he increased power, the engine did not respond and remained at idle; there was no change in engine noise and the engine was not running rough. Both pilots manipulated the throttle several times, but the engine did not respond; they also manipulated the primer, but to no avail. The pilot elected to land the airplane onto a nearby road. During the descent, the airplane struck powerlines and a tree before impacting the roadway and sliding to a stop. 

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

A small plane crash landed on an El Cajon street in front of a church in a neighborhood with a mix of homes and businesses Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

Initial reports indicated that the aircraft’s two occupants were not seriously injured. The plane landed on North Second Street near El Rey Avenue shortly after 1:45 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol.

People gathered to look at the plane, which ended up tilted on its side — one wing broken and mangled — in front of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The 32-year-old Piper fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft is registered to a Ramona man, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

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EL CAJON (KGTV) -- Authorities are working to clear a fuel spill Sunday morning after a small plane crashed landed onto a quiet El Cajon neighborhood

The plane crashed sometime around 2 p.m. at 2nd Street and El Rey in El Cajon.

The pilot was en route to Gillespie Field Airport, a little more than a mile from where it crashed.

Authorities say two people were on board the aircraft but suffered no injuries.

There was a small fuel leak following the crash and the plane knocked down some wires when it crash landed.  Police are asking the public to avoid the area until about 4 p.m. Sunday.

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