Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mooney M20E Super 21, N34BE, registered to Cleared Direct Aviation LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred September 22, 2017 in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled 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:

Cleared Direct Aviation LLC: 

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA212
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 22, 2017 in Glendale, CA
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N34BE
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 have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 22, 2017, about 2157 Pacific daylight time, a Mooney M20E, N34BE, struck trees and collided with the ground in Glendale, California, following a loss of engine power. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage. The airplane was registered to Cleared Direct Aviation LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, as a personal flight. The cross-country flight departed Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands, California, about 2130 with a planned destination of Bob Hope Airport, Burbank, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

After departing Redlands, the pilot configured the airplane for level cruise at 4,500 ft msl, direct to Burbank. The flight was uneventful, and as the airplane approached Burbank, the pilot began to initiate a descent to about 3,000 ft msl. He reached the Rose Bowl (11 miles east of Burbank) at 2152, and made the first radio call to Burbank control tower. The controller directed him to enter the left traffic pattern for a landing on runway 15.

About 90 seconds later, at an altitude of about 2,500 ft mean sea level (1,800 ft above ground level) the engine lost power. The pilot declared an emergency, and after scanning the instruments concluded that the engine was most likely experiencing a partial loss of power. He pitched the airplane for best glide speed, and began to perform trouble shooting procedures. The engine did not respond, and after referring to the display of his handheld electronic navigation device (which provided a glide distance radius) he concluded that he would not be able to make the runway. He then began to look for a suitable landing site, and because all highways and major streets were clogged with automobiles, he elected to land on the darkest street that he could see. As he approached the street, the left wing struck a tree, and the airplane spun around, coming to rest upright on the pavement at the parking entrance of an apartment complex.

A Mooney M20E Super 21 plane crashed onto a surface street in Glendale after it lost an engine Friday night, authorities said, and one of the two occupants of the plane is said to have suffered minor injuries as he or she was experiencing some arm pain afterward.

By about 10 p.m., Los Angeles firefighters and other emergency responders were still just arriving to the scene. Sky5 footage showed the crash site was near the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Allen Avenue, next to a Smart & Final store's parking lot.

Authorities said they are now investigating the crash, and the pilot was being questioned at the scene.

The pilot made a radio call to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, where the plane was headed, once the aircraft started experiencing some engine trouble, authorities said.

A witness at the scene named Mike Agajanyan said it was "the scariest thing I ever seen."

"One thing led to another and I see a plane crashing down," he said. " I saw a bright light and everything started falling apart — trees, roof, plane."

Trees at the crash site could be seen visibly damaged by the falling aircraft, which was seen with its passenger door open. There did not appear to be any post-crash fire visible at the scene, as Sky5 footage showed.

The crash site was about six miles from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, and police later confirmed that the plane was inbound to the airport when it had lost an engine.

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A Mooney M20E Super 21 plane that was heading to Hollywood Burbank Airport crashed in Glendale near the parking lot of a Smart and Final store but none of the occupants were injured.

The crash was reported just before 10 p.m. Friday, in the area of Glenoaks Boulevard and Allen Avenue.

The plane, which clipped a tree, missed a nearby a apartment building and parked cars on the street, police said. No one on the ground was injured.

Two men who were on board the plane were able to get out safely and appeared to be fine, according to reports from the scene.

“I thought I was going to die,” Alan Kassis who was a passenger on the small plane told ABC7. “But everyone is OK.”

The plane did not catch fire when it crashed. However, firefighters had to put out a small fire when they went to remove the plane.

Glendale resident Mike Agajanyan described the scene of the crash, which unfolded near his home.

“A loud noise started coming in, and a bright light,” he said. “One thing led to another, (and) I see a plane crash down. Most scariest thing I’d ever seen. I was pretty much across the street, literally where the plane crashed.”

The cause of the crash remained under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- A Mooney M20E Super 21 crashed onto a street in Glendale Friday night, and the pilot and passenger escaped unharmed.

Authorities reported the crash shortly before 10 p.m. near Allen Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard. 

The pilot and passenger were University of Redlands students and fraternity brothers. They were headed back to Burbank when they said there was a problem with their engine.

The passenger, Alan Kassis, said the pilot started looking for a place to land as he made an emergency landing call to Burbank Airport.

"We were flying into Burbank, lost power to one of the engines for some reason, called in a mayday and just glided, tried to find somewhere safe to put us down. He basically parallel parked the friggen plane," he said. "We're lucky to be alive. I thought I was going to die. I thought it was going to be fiery, but we're OK. No injuries. We're a little banged up."

The plane clipped a tree and hit several cars parked along the roadway. No one on the busy stretch of road was injured during the crash.

The investigation was ongoing.

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John Stackhouse said...

That Mooney held up pretty well. Kudos to the pilot.

Anonymous said...

>crash site was near the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Allen Avenue,
>next to a Smart & Final store's parking lot.

There was massive confusion when he radioed he was still "on final." ;)