Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cirrus SR22, N418CP, registered to Clayisawesome LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred October 03, 2017 near Blythe Airport (KBLH), Riverside 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; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Clayisawesome LLC:

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA018
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 03, 2017 in Blythe, CA
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N418CP
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 October 3, 2017, about 1521 Pacific daylight time, a Cirrus Design Corp SR22, N418CP, sustained substantial damage during an emergency landing after a reported loss of engine power near the Blythe Airport (BLH) Blythe, California. The flight instructor and commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to Clayisawesome LLC, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the instructional cross-country flight. The flight departed Camarillo Airport, Camarillo, California, about 1330, with a planned destination of Safford Regional Airport, Safford, Arizona. 

According to the flight instructor, the flight was to reposition the airplane to a new owner and to provide advanced transition training to the pilot onboard. After an uneventful takeoff, they climbed and leveled off at a cruise altitude of about 11,500 ft mean sea level. About 1.5 hours into the flight, the oil pressure started to decrease, and they decided to divert to BLH. Inbound to BLH, the oil pressure continued to decrease until it indicated less than 5 psi. Shortly thereafter, the engine completely lost power. Unable to make the runway, they elected to activate the airplane's parachute system. The parachute system was successfully deployed inflight, and upon ground impact, the airplane was dragged for about 20 ft before they could egress from the airplane. 

Postaccident examination of the airplane by the NTSB investigator-in-charge revealed substantial damage to the fuselage and engine firewall. The airplane was recovered to a secure storage facility for further examination.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the circumstances of a downed-aircraft incident this week on the outskirts of Blythe in which the two people onboard the aircraft were not hurt, according to CalFire/Riverside County Fire and FAA officials.

The incident occurred around 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, when a small plane with a deployed parachute crash landed in a field near Intake Boulevard and Sixth Avenue, according to a CalFire/Riverside County Fire Department news release. The area is dotted by agricultural fields and dirt farm roads. Intake also is Highway 95 just west of the state line with Arizona.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor described the craft in an email as a single-engine Cirrus SR22 that crashed “under unknown circumstances in a field” at 6th Street and Highway 95.

The plane is registered to Jonathan S. Kagan, of Los Angeles, according to the FAA online aircraft registry. County fire officials did not identify the people aboard the plane, who were evaluated by paramedics at the scene and did not complain of any injuries.

Cirrus model planes are equipped with an added safety feature — parachute systems “designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground after deployment,” according to the manufacturer’s website. The parachute deploys from the rear of the airplane.

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