Friday, December 15, 2017

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N54873: Accident occurred December 14, 2017 in Valley Springs, Calaveras County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, 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/N54873

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Valley Springs, CA
Accident Number: WPR18CA048
Date & Time: 12/14/2017, 1344 PST
Registration: N54873
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The two commercial pilots reported that the purpose of the flight was to identify suitable emergency landing sites in the area. A small private airport was located, and they decided to make a landing. The right seat pilot took control and made a low pass over the runway and discovered piles of gravel blocking half the width of the runway. He decided to attempt a short field landing. While maneuvering for landing, the airplane was in a left bank turn when the wing collided with a tree. The pilot applied rudder control and thought about going around but decided against it due to trees blocking the runway. The airplane was put into a left wing down slip as he tried to keep the airplane as level as possible. The airplane touched down on the right-side landing gear and the right wing dug into the dirt. The airplane subsequently came to rest inverted.

During the accident sequence the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage and wing.

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

Neither pilot submitted the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Form 6120.1. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):  Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Pilot-Rated Passenger Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 75, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N54873
Model/Series: 172P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:
Serial Number: 17275075
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: CATTO AIR LLC
Rated Power: 0 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KO22, 2120 ft msl
Observation Time: 2135 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 101°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 1°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: RANCHO MURIETA, CA (RIU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Valley Springs, CA (UNK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 PST
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Wagon Wheel Ranch Privat Strip (UNK)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 1050 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  38.086111, -120.758611 (est)






Two men injured in a small airplane crash in Calaveras County were listed in stable condition in a Modesto hospital on Friday.

The two, along with a dog, were in a 1981 Cessna fixed-wing single engine aircraft when it crashed Thursday afternoon between the communities of Valley Springs and Copperopolis.

The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital and also is in stable condition.

Sheriff’s deputies and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the 10000 block of Hogan Dam Road regarding a report of a plane crash at an airstrip on private property.

When deputies arrived, they found that the occupants had managed to get out of the plane and were being treated by emergency crews at the scene. A witness reported seeing the plane flying low and believed it might have clipped a tree near the end of the runway, according to a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The pilot was identified as 72-year-old Robert Pina, of Lake Camanche, and his passenger as 75-year-old Richard Campbell, of Pine Grove. Both were transported to hospitals by air ambulance helicopter, the news release said.

The Sheriff’s Office said it was not known whether the plane was taking off or landing at the time of the crash.

Sheriff’s deputies provided overnight security at the crash site on behalf of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is conducting the investigation into crash.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.


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Calaveras County Sheriff's Office

On 12-14-17 at about 1:45pm Deputies and First Responders were dispatched to a reported plane crash in the 10000 block of Hogan Dam Road located at a private property air strip. This is rurally located between Valley Springs and Copperopolis in Calaveras County.

Upon arrival deputies found that both occupants of the plane had self-extricated and began receiving medical attention from first responders arriving on scene. 

A witness reported to have seen the low flying airplane and believed it may have clipped a tree near the end of the runway. 

The exact cause of the crash is unknown at this time. 

It is also unknown if the plane was taking off or landing at the time of the crash.

 The plane is a 1981 Cessna fixed wing single engine aircraft. 

The pilot, identified as a 72 year old male from Lake Camanche and the passenger, a 75 year old male from Pine Grove, were both taken by air ambulance helicopter to out of the area hospitals. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time. 

Sheriff’s Office investigators are on scene and working with the Federal Aviation Administration. 

No further information is available at this time.




Update at 4:50 p.m.: Calaveras County Sheriff’s officials have released these new details on the plane crash south of New Hogan Lake.

The call came into dispatch around 1:45 p.m. Thursday reporting a downed aircraft in the 10000 block of Hogan Dam Road on a private property airstrip between Valley Springs and Copperopolis.

Once on the scene, deputies found first responders treating two individuals that were able to free themselves from the wreckage. 

Sheriff’s officials say that a witness reported seeing the airplane flying low and believed it may have clipped a tree near the end of the runway. 

It is unknown if the plane was taking off or landing at the time of the crash, according to investigators, who indicate that the exact cause of the crash is still unknown.

The plane is a 1981 Cessna fixed wing single engine aircraft. 

Sheriff’s officials have identified the pilot as a 72-year-old man from Lake Camanche and his passenger is a 75-year-old man from Pine Grove. Both were flown via air ambulance to hospitals outside of the county and their conditions are unknown.

Investigators are working with the Federal Aviation Administration and no further information is being released at this time.

Update at 3 p.m.: Cal Fire reports that the accident site is south of New Hogan Lake on the Wagon Wheel Ranch.

A check of the plane’s tail number indicates that it is a Cessna 172P Skyhawk plane with a private owner out of Jackson.

Original post at 2:30 p.m.: Valley Springs, CA — Emergency crews along with CAL Fire are on the scene of a plane crash.

CHP officials report that the accident took place on a private near New Hogan Dam in the Valley Springs area of Calaveras County.

CAL Fire is handling the incident and has reported that two people were able to get themselves out of the aircraft but there is no word on injuries. However, an air ambulance has been called to the scene.

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