Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Czech Sport Cruiser, registered to and operated by Santa Monica Flyers Inc, N4465F: 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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


http://registry.faa.gov/N4465F


Location: Santa Ynez, CA
Accident Number: GAA17CA538
Date & Time: 09/11/2017, 1550 PDT
Registration: N4465F
Aircraft: CZECH AIRCRAFT WORKS SPOL SRO SPORTCRUISER
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

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. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 41, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification:  Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/11/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 100 hours (Total, all aircraft), 100 hours (Total, this make and model), 30 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CZECH AIRCRAFT WORKS SPOL SRO
Registration: N4465F
Model/Series: SPORTCRUISER A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 08SC142
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/14/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3001.3 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT:  Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912 ULS
Registered Owner: SANTA MONICA FLYERS INC
Rated Power: 98
Operator: SANTA MONICA FLYERS INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIZA, 671 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2255 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 230°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SANTA MONICA, CA (SMO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Santa Ynez, CA (IZA)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1440 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: SANTA YNEZ (IZA)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 674 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2803 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  34.607500, -120.075278 (est)



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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