Friday, February 2, 2018

American Champion 7GCBC, N519AC: Accident occurred February 02, 2018 at Santa Paula Airport (KSZP), Ventura County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys

http://registry.faa.gov/N519AC

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA120
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, February 02, 2018 in Santa Paula, CA
Aircraft: AMERICAN CHAMPION AIRCRAFT 7GCBC, registration: N519AC

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft lost control on landing, came to rest inverted in river bed.

Date: 02-FEB-18
Time: 18:50:00Z
Regis#: N519AC
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7GCBC
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SANTA PAULA
State: CALIFORNIA


















Two people walked away from a plane crash Friday morning at the Santa Paula Airport that left the aircraft upside-down in the dry Santa Clara River bottom.

Santa Paula police and fire officials said a single-engine propeller plane, approaching the airport runway for a landing sometime after 11 a.m., went out of control and traveled south across the tarmac.

The aircraft clipped an unoccupied helicopter and went down an embankment, eventually coming to rest upside-down in the river bottom about 50 yards from the runway.

Santa Paula Police Department Detective Shane Norwood said people at the airport rushed to the scene to help the aircraft’s occupants.

“The pilot walked out under (her) own power,” Norwood said.

Norm Plott, assistant chief of the Santa Paula Fire Department, said the pilot and male occupant were uninjured, refused transport to a hospital and were released from the scene.

Plott said a Ventura County air unit was requested along with crash rescue crew out of the Camarillo. Those resources were canceled, however, as the occupants were safely out of the aircraft.

Pilots were initially told to avoid the airport during the response, but that advisory was lifted just before 12:15 p.m.

According to Norwood, the Santa Paula Police Department will be investigating the incident until Monday, when it will be handed off to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Federal Aviation Administration documents show the aircraft to be co-owned by two Ventura residents.

“I think the good thing is we didn’t have anyone injured,” Plott said.

“The biggest concern was to mitigate a small fuel spill into the river bottom.” 

About 3 gallons of fuel went onto the river bottom before the spill was stopped by fire personnel.

Crews then prepared to flip the aircraft upright, attaching a cable to the tail end of the plane, pulling it end over end.

Plott said the plane would be loaded onto a vehicle and taken into a Santa Paula Airport hangar where it will await inspection by the NTSB.

Friday’s crash is one of a handful of Ventura County incidents investigated by the NTSB in the past year.

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