Sunday, March 18, 2018

Cubcrafters CC11-160, N1951B: Accident occurred March 18, 2018 in Marysville, Yuba 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; Sacramento

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Plane Fun LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N1951B

Location: Browns Valley, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA107
Date & Time: 03/18/2018, 0910 PDT
Registration: N1951B
Aircraft: CUBCRAFTERS INC CC11-160
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 18, 2018, about 0910 Pacific daylight time, a Cubcrafters CC11-160, N1951B, crashed in a lake following a wire strike near Browns Valley, California. The private pilot and sole occupant received serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to PLANE FUN LLC., Roseville, California, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed, for the local flight that originated from the Lincoln Regional Airport (LHM), Lincoln, California at 0800.

According to the pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane, he was flying along the river about 200 ft above the ground when the airplane struck a transmission power line. Subsequently, an inflight fire ensued in the aft section of the fuselage and the airplane crashed in a nearby river.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CUBCRAFTERS INC
Registration: N1951B
Model/Series: CC11-160 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: PLANE FUN LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBAB, 113 ft msl
Observation Time: 1558 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: LINCOLN, CA (LHM)
Destination: LINCOLN, CA (LHM)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  39.219722, -121.411389 (est)




March 18, 2018 – This morning just before 9am, Yuba County Sheriff responded to the scene of a small plane accident along the edge of the Yuba River just west of Sycamore Ranch in Browns Valley. A witness that was shooting on private property along the river called 911 to report seeing a low flying plane on fire crash into the river. 

The plane’s single occupant, 66 year old pilot Timothy Bennett, was able to exit the cockpit of the Cubcrafters CC11-160 and was sitting on top of the aircraft which was in approximately 3 feet of water in a side channel along the main channel of the Yuba River. He was conscious and talking, as the witness called for rescue.

CHP helicopter H20 responded to the area and landed and rescued the pilot from the plane and transported him to higher ground nearby where other rescue personnel were waiting to treat the pilot. He was transported by ambulance to a Sacramento area hospital for treatment of what appeared to be minor scrapes and burns, and a possible broken ankle.

The witness reported having seen the Cubcrafters CC11-160 circling the area prior to hearing a small explosion then seeing the plane on fire and quickly losing altitude before crashing. Initial investigation indicates the plane struck power lines in the area. PG&E on scene advised approximately 16 houses experienced a loss of power and crews will be on scene to restore power but with no estimated time of repair reported.

The plane had departed the Lincoln airport and the pilot was reportedly on a scenic recreational flight. The FAA will investigate the accident and Yuba County Sheriff’s Office and OES are arranging for the plane to be removed from the river at this time. Fish and Wildlife officials on scene had no concern for environmental impact to the river.

Original article can be found here ➤  https://yubanet.com




YUBA COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) — The pilot of a Cubcrafters CC11-160 was injured after he struck a power line and crashed into the Yuba River Sunday morning. 

Pilot Timothy Bennett, 66, was rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said.


Yuba deputies said Bennett, who was the only person on board, was treated for minor scrapes and burns and a possible broken ankle at a hospital.

Deputies said the crash occurred around 9 a.m. near the 5000 block of Highway 20 in Browns Valley. Browns Valley is about 13 miles from Marysville in Yuba County.


The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said a witness told 911 dispatchers the plane was on fire before it crashed.


The witness said the plane was circling the area before they heard a small explosion. The witness told deputies that the plane then quickly lost altitude and crashed, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said.


After the crash, officials said Bennett exited the cockpit and climbed on top of the aircraft. The plane was in about three feet of water in a side channel along the main Yuba River, deputies said.


Investigators discovered the plane struck a power line. PG&E told deputies about 16 houses in the area lost power as a result, and said crews will work to restore power to the homes.


The FAA said the plane is a Cubcrafters CC11-160.


The small plane left Lincoln airport for a scenic, recreational flight, deputies said.


Officials are working to remove the plane from the river. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is not concerned about environmental risks.


The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.


Story and raw video ➤ http://www.kcra.com





YUBA COUNTY, Calif - Authorities on Sunday morning rescued a pilot at the Yuba River after his Cubcrafters CC11-160 crashed and knocked down power lines, but luckily the pilot received only minor injuries and left a few houses without power.

According to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were dispatched to the edge of the Yuba River just west of Sycamore Ranch in Brown’s Valley just before 9 a.m.

A witness along the river called 911 to report a low flying plane on fire crash into the river.

The pilot known as 66-year-old Timothy Bennett was able to escape the cockpit of the plane and sit on top of the aircraft while waiting to be rescued.

The cockpit of the aircraft was approximately 3 feet of water in a side channel along the main channel of the Yuba River, according to YCSD.

CHP helicopter H20 responded to the river and rescued Bennett, who was conscious and breathing fine but was later sent to UC Davis Medical Center for minor scrapes and burns and possibly a broken ankle.

The witness said they saw the small plane circling the area prior to hearing a small explosion.

Initial investigation indicates the plane struck power lines in the area, which caused 16 houses to lose power and PG&E was on scene to restore power, but with no estimated time of repair, according to YCSD.

Deputies said the plane had departed the Lincoln Airport and the pilot was reportedly on a scenic recreational flight.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident and sheriff’s deputies have attempted to remove the plane from the river.


Story and raw video ➤ http://www.actionnewsnow.com




YUBA COUNTY —  A Cubcrafters CC11-160 landed in the Yuba River Sunday morning around 8:30 a.m., according to Cal Fire.

The pilot, 66-year-old Timothy Bennett, was transported to UC Davis with minor injuries.

Yuba County Sheriff’s Office confirms that Bennette has a broken ankle as well as scrapes and burns but he is stable.

The plane landed along the edge of the Yuba River just west of Sycamore Ranch in Browns Valley, according to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office.

Bennett was able to climb to the top of the aircraft which was in approximately three-feet of water.

CHP helicopter, H20 responded to the call and transported the pilot to higher ground where other rescue personnel were waiting.

Yuba County Sheriff’s Office reports that a witness saw a Cubcrafters CC11-160 on fire and losing altitude after hearing a small explosion. The witness then called 911.

The plane struck power lines in the area according to Yuba County Sheriff’s Office. PG&E crews are on scene and report about 16 houses are without power. No estimated time of repair has been determined.

The plane departed form Lincoln airport on a scenic recreational flight.

The FAA will investigate the accident.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://fox40.com



A Cubcrafters CC11-160 crashed in the Yuba River near Marysville Sunday morning, the Yuba County Sheriff's Department reported.

The pilot, Timothy Bennett, was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Around 9 a.m. Sunday morning, someone shooting on private property near the river heard a small explosion and then spotted a plane on fire falling from the sky. The plane had been circling the area prior to the crash, the witness said.

The witness called the Sheriff's Department to report the crash into the river west of Sycamore Ranch in Browns Valley, the department said in a press release.

The plane was in about 3 feet of water in a side channel of the Yuba River when officers arrived on scene. Bennett, 66, had climbed out of the cockpit and was sitting on top of the Cubcrafters CC11-160.

Bennett had taken off from the Lincoln airport and was reportedly on a recreational flight to take in the scenery.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew brought Bennett to shore and he was then taken by ambulance to a Sacramento-area hospital, the Sheriff's Department said.

The initial investigation found that Bennett's plane struck power lines in the area and knocked out power to about 16 homes. PG&E responded to the scene and was working on repairs as of 1 p.m. Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash and Yuba County officials are working on moving the plane, the Sheriff's Office said.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.sacbee.com

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