Friday, February 2, 2018

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys

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http://registry.faa.gov/N519AC


Location: Santa Paula, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA120
Date & Time: 02/02/2018, 1115 PST
Registration: N519AC
Aircraft: AMERICAN CHAMPION AIRCRAFT 7GCBC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during landing, she became distracted by another airplane performing a touch-and-go and, upon touchdown, her airplane veered to the right. She added full power to go around, but the airplane continued to the right as it became airborne and the right wing struck a parked helicopter. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the tops of bushes and came to rest inverted in an adjacent riverbed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the both wings.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 57, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/12/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/05/2017
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 1131.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 9.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 994 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15.1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9.9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AMERICAN CHAMPION AIRCRAFT
Registration: N519AC
Model/Series: 7GCBC NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal
Serial Number: 1295-2000
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/18/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1052.4 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-B2B
Registered Owner: Judy McCarthy & Lucia Galgano
Rated Power: 160 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: KSZP, 259 ft msl
Observation Time: 1855 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 285°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SANTA PAULA, CA (SZP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Santa Paula, CA (SZP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1010 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: SANTA PAULA (SZP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 248 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2713 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  34.345556, -119.063056 (est)


















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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