Sunday, January 14, 2018

North American Navion, N8884H, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred December 17, 2017 near Gillespie Field Airport (KSEE), El Cajon, San Diego 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; San Diego, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: El Cajon, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA049
Date & Time: 12/17/2017, 0956 PST
Registration: N8884H
Injuries: 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 17, 2017, about 0956 Pacific standard time, a North American Navion, N8884H, experienced a sudden loss of power during takeoff from the Gillespie Field Airport (SEE), San Diego/El Cajon, California. The pilot subsequently made an off-airport forced landing to a parking lot. The pilot, pilot-rated passenger and passenger sustained serious injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight was destined for John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA), Santa Ana, California.

The pilot reported that he flew with the pilot-rated passenger and passenger from SNA to SEE earlier in the day without incident and that they were returning to SNA when the accident occurred. He reported the departure from runway 27R at SEE was normal and the airplane had plenty of fuel. At about 400 ft above ground level (agl) the engine experienced a sudden loss of power. He banked the airplane left in an attempt to return to the airport but was unable to maintain altitude. Subsequently, he initiated a forced landing to a parking lot about 1/2 mile south of SEE, where the airplane landed hard and slid into an embankment and fence. A postimpact fire ensued.

According to the pilot, the engine was recently overhauled and installed in the airplane in August of 2017. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: NORTH AMERICAN
Registration: N8884H
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KSEE, 387 ft msl
Observation Time: 1747 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: El Cajon, CA (SEE)
Destination: SANTA ANA, CA (SNA) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 32.825000, -116.984444 (est) 

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