Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Czech Sport Cruiser, N4465F, Santa Monica Flyers Inc: Accident occurred September 11, 2017 at Santa Ynez Airport (KIZA), Santa Barbara County, California

Additional Participating Entity: 

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

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

 Registered Owner:  Santa Monica Flyers Inc

Operator: Santa Monica Flyers Inc


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA538
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 11, 2017 in Santa Ynez, CA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, during landing in gusting wind conditions, "there was a shift in wind speed and direction" and the airplane bounced and landed hard. The main landing gear collapsed, the propeller struck the runway, and exited the runway to the right.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that about 5 minutes after the accident the wind was from 230° at 11 knots. The airplane landed on runway 26.

A plane skidded off the runway in Santa Ynez Monday afternoon, damaging the plane and causing a fuel leak.

KSBY News Reporter Megan Abundis spoke with the pilot after the landing gone wrong. He explained what happened:

"We were just coming in for a regular landing and went to buy some wine from the vineyard next door and it's been a very windy and slightly blustery day. Just before we touched down, we got a very strong gust of wind from a peculiar angle and that caused us to balloon back up into the air a bit. At exactly the wrong moment, the gust of wind stopped and I was too slow to take off again and too fast to land," explained pilot Ben Hammersly, a Los Angeles resident.

Two people were on board the plane. No one was injured.

There was a small fuel leak as a result of the rough landing. HAZMAT crews were on hand to clean it up.

Story and video ➤ http://www.ksby.com

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - A pilot from Santa Monica made a hard landing at the Santa Ynez Airport Monday afternoon.

An airport official said the pilot of the small plane got caught in a wind gust. The pilot lost control of the plane's landing gear and skidded off the runway.

Two people onboard the plane were uninjured but the plane was heavily damaged.

Santa Barbara County Fire was called out to the airport to assist with the cleanup of hazardous materials that leaked from the damaged plane.

We've been told that the flight school from which the pilot rented the plane will come to retrieve the plane.

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

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