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Mooney M20J 201, N201KY: Accident occurred February 22, 2016 near Whiteman Airport (KWHP), Pacoima, Los Angeles 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; 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/N201KY



Location: Pacoima, CA
Accident Number: WPR16LA074
Date & Time: 02/22/2016, 1334 PST
Registration: N201KY
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 22, 2016, at 1334 Pacific standard time, a Mooney M20J, N201KY, experienced a loss of engine power after takeoff and the pilot made a forced landing onto a city street near Whiteman Airport (WHP), Pacoima, California. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence. The local personal flight departed Pacoima about 1330. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that about three minutes after takeoff the engine started to run rough. He contacted the tower controller and advised that he was turning back. While on short final, he pulled back on the power and the engine lost power. The pilot was able to re-start the engine but it again lost power. The pilot was unable to make it to the runway and subsequently initiated a forced landing to a city street. During the landing, the airplane struck a moving car and numerous parked vehicles; substantially damaging both wings and the fuselage.

The airplane was recovered to a secured facility for a postaccident engine examination. The engine was visually examined and determined that an engine run was possible. The engine was subsequently mounted onto an engine test stand. No modifications were accomplished except to add oil which had leaked out during storage. The engine started and was run at 2,700 rpm and 28 inches of manifold pressure. A magneto check was accomplished which recorded a 50 rpm drop. When the rpm was reduced to 1,200 rpm, it was noted that the engine ran lean.

A review of the maintenance logbooks revealed a discrepancy as to when the last annual/100 hour inspection was accomplished. An entry dated 6/15/15 identified a recoding tach time and total time in service of 2,052 hours. A sticker had been applied to the page indicating "Remove plugs check compression. Removed injectors and cleaned and inspected IAW 100 hr and was determined to be in an airworthy condition." There was no mechanics signature, certificate number and Inspection Authorization identified for return to service.

A previous hand written entry dated 2/1/13, indicated that the engine had been inspected in accordance with a 100 hour inspection and was determined to be in an airworthy condition. This entry revealed the appropriate mechanic signature and certificate number. The mechanic reported that he did not inspect the engine on 6/15/15. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/01/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/25/2015
Flight Time: 952 hours (Total, all aircraft), 176 hours (Total, this make and model), 952 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MOONEY
Registration: N201KY
Model/Series: M20J NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 24-0462
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/01/2013, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2899 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2052 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360 1A
Registered Owner: CORBETT JOSHUA J
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KWHP, 1003 ft msl
Observation Time: 2136 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 320°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / -7°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots/ 21 knots, 330°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pacoima, CA (WHP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:  Pacoima, CA (WHP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 PST
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: WHITEMAN (WHP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1003 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4120 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  34.254722, -118.408611 (est)

Henry Corbett, seen above in a red checked shirt, experienced a loss of engine power in the Mooney M20J 201 and made a forced landing on the streets of Pacoima near Whiteman Airport. The aircraft is owned by Corbett’s son Joshua, seen above right in court on charges that he stalked actress Sandra Bullock, below right.














NTSB Identification: WPR16LA074
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 22, 2016 in Pacoima, CA
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N201KY
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 February 22, 2016, at 1334 Pacific standard time (PST), a Mooney M20J, N201KY, experienced a loss of engine power after takeoff and made a forced landing onto a city street near Whiteman Airport (WHP), Pacoima, California. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence. The local personal flight departed Pacoima about 1330. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that after takeoff the engine started to run rough, and as he was attempting to return to the airport, the engine lost power. The pilot was able to land on a city street during which time the airplane struck a moving car and numerous parked vehicles; substantially damaging both wings and the fuselage.

The accident site was documented by the Los Angeles Police Department. Inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards District office (FSDO) responded to the site and assisted in coordinating the recovery of the airplane. The wreckage was secured for further examination.

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