Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pulsar III, N332RP, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred April 18, 2018 in Salton City, Imperial 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:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Salton City, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA122
Date & Time: 04/18/2018, 0830 PDT
Registration: N332RP
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 18, 2018, about 0830 Pacific daylight time, a Wilhelm Puslar III airplane, N332RP, experienced a total loss of engine power and the pilot subsequently initiated a forced landing to open desert near Salton City, California. The private pilot sustained minor injuries, and the airplane sustained damage to the underlying structure. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight departed from Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (TRM), Palm Springs, California about 0800.

The pilot reported that he had been cruising about 6,700 feet for about 30 minutes. When he started to return to the airport the engine suddenly lost power. He tried several times to start the engine however, it would start, then stop again. He navigated to the nearest airport; however, unable to make the runway, he landed in an open desert area. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a berm, the landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest nose down.

The airplane has been moved to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: WILHELM
Registration: N332RP
Model/Series: PUSLAR III
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: TRM, -114 ft msl
Observation Time: 0852 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 340°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Palm Springs, CA (TRM)
Destination: Palm Springs, CA (TRM)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.244167, -115.924167 (est) 

SALTON CITY, Calif. -  The Federal Aviation Administration initially reported a crash near Salton City Wednesday morning but we learned through officials that the plane had a soft landing.

According to Salton City Fire Station, the plane's engine malfunctioned and the single-passenger glided to a soft impact. The passenger only sustained a small laceration to his right hand when impacting. 

Authorities said they don't have crashes like these on a regular basis but every now and then they get gliders that hit a draft of wind that causes them to crash land.


According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Pulsar III aircraft crashed due to an engine failure near Salton City, Calif. at 8:50 a.m.

The crash was a non-fatal accident with one person on board with minor injuries. There is unknown damage to the aircraft, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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