Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Boeing-Stearman PT-17, N75753 : Accident occurred September 04, 2017 near Santa Paula Airport (KSZP), Ventura 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; Van Nuys, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


NTSB Identification: WPR17LA197
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 04, 2017 in Santa Paula, CA
Aircraft: BOEING A75N1(PT17), registration: N75753
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 September 4, 2017, about 1358 Pacific daylight time, a Boeing A75N1 airplane, N75753, was substantially damaged when it impacted a dry river bed near Santa Paula Airport (SZT), Santa Paula, California. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a personal flight, conducted under the provision of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the local flight, which was originating at the time of the accident. 

According to the pilot, this was his third consecutive flight that day. After his passenger was secured in the cockpit, the pilot taxied the airplane to runway 22 for departure. The airplane's takeoff roll and departure were uneventful; however, the airplane's climb performance was reduced after the airplane transitioned to its initial climb. As the airplane reached about 250 feet above ground level, the airplane stopped climbing, so the pilot turned the airplane to the left over the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern. The airplane then began to sink into a dry riverbed. The pilot completed a stabilized approach and landed flat, but during touchdown the airplane contacted thick brush, nosed over, and came to rest inverted. 

A witness reported that the airplane began a left turn about 1/8 of a nautical mile from the departure end of runway 22. Simultaneously, the airplane's pitch attitude gradually increased until the left wing suddenly dropped, but the airplane subsequently returned to a standard rate turn configuration. As the airplane rolled out on the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern, it began to descend in a nose high attitude. The witness reported that he could not hear the engine, but observed the propeller spinning throughout the airplane's descent. 

The wreckage has been retained for further examination.

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say a small plane has crashed near a Southern California airport but no one has been injured.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The Ventura County Fire Department says the aircraft came down in an area of brush near the Santa Paula Airport.

The fire department says on Twitter that two passengers walked away without injuries.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.sfchronicle.com

The occupants of an aircraft were uninjured when it crashed Monday in the Santa Clara River bottom near the Santa Paula airport, officials said. 

The incident was reported at 2:11 p.m. in the 800 block of East Santa Maria Street, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

The aircraft reportedly crashed in the Santa Clara River bottom near the airport, authorities said. Two people were in the aircraft and did not require medical aid, officials said. 

Crews on the scene reported the crash site closer to the nearby Mountain View Golf Course. 

A Ventura County sheriff's helicopter responded to the scene as well as the Santa Paula police and fire departments.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.vcstar.com

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