Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Beech D35, N2167D: Accident occurred May 28, 2018 at Corona Municipal Airport (KAJO), Riverside County, California

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Corona, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA342
Date & Time: 05/28/2018, 1600 PDT
Registration: N2167D
Aircraft: BEECH D35
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the retractable landing gear airplane reported that, during the landing roll, he reached for the flap switch to retract the flaps, and although the flap and landing gear switches are on left and right side of the control column, respectively, he inadvertently retracted the landing gear.

The pilot added that he had previously been flying other airplanes and had become used to having the flap switch on the right side of the control column.

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

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 31, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
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 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/15/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/16/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 238.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 29.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 194.4 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1.6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N2167D
Model/Series: D35 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1953
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: D-3514
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/09/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2840 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5148.76 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: E225-8
Registered Owner: CLARK, HAROLD L.
Rated Power: 225 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: KAJO, 533 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2256 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 281°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.85 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LA VERNE, CA (POC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Corona, CA (AJO)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1530 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 533 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3200 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; 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:  33.897778, -117.600556 (est)

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