Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N7085R: Accident occurred January 13, 2018 in Corona, Riverside County, California.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Corona, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA102
Date & Time: 01/13/2018, 1209 PST
Registration: N7085R
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Simulated/training event
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

According to the flight instructor, during an off-airport simulated engine failure with a 180° turn, he called for a go-around upon completion of the maneuver.

The student initiated the go-around, but the airplane struck powerline wires. The flight instructor landed the airplane in a field, and the nose landing gear separated from the airplane.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts.

Per the National Transportation Safety Board's Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot reported in the Safety Recommendation section, that this accident could have been prevented by performing a ground reconnaissance of unfamiliar practice areas to assess for hazards to flight. The flight instructor will also initiate simulated engine failures at a higher altitude, to enable a go-around at no less than 500ft above ground level.

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

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 26, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/11/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/05/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1015 hours (Total, all aircraft), 700 hours (Total, this make and model), 800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 115 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3.4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/18/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 55 hours (Total, all aircraft), 14 hours (Total, this make and model), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N7085R
Model/Series: PA 28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 28-21788
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/28/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9089.69 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2A
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAJO, 533 ft msl
Observation Time: 1956 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 62°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 0°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots/ 16 knots, 110°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chino, CA (CNO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chino, CA (CNO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1140 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None

Latitude, Longitude:  33.897778, -117.602500 (est)

A single-engine plane that went down just north of Lake Elsinore after striking a power line was in the middle of a simulated engine-out procedure when the accident happened, a Federal Aviation Administration official confirmed.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee was maneuvering at low altitude about noon Saturday in the area of Colt Drive and Bosley Lane when the aircraft clipped the transmission line.

“The pilot was practicing a simulated engine failure,” Gregor said.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the plane is registered with Chino-based flight school Dubois Aviation.

An instructor and student, neither of whom was identified, were on board, but it was unclear which of the two was at the controls. Both suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene by paramedics, but declined to be taken to a hospital.

There was also no word why the plane was allowed to drop to such a low altitude during an exercise.

After the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee hit the line, it nosed down into the ground.

“There was damage to the fuselage, propeller and nose gear,” Gregor said.

Southern California Edison crews had to repair a power pole and electrical lines at the crash site just west of the 15 Freeway, along a hillside in the Alberhill community, adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to release a preliminary accident report at the end of this week or early next week.

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