Sunday, August 12, 2018

Beech A36TC Bonanza, N136RM: Fatal accident occurred August 12, 2018 near Whiteman Airport (KWHP), Los Angeles, California

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Sylmar, CA
Accident Number: WPR18FA219
Date & Time: 08/12/2018, 1345 PDT
Registration: N136RM
Aircraft: Beech A36TC
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 12, 2018, about 1345 Pacific daylight time, a Beech A36TC airplane, N136RM, collided with terrain near Sylmar, California, after declaring an emergency while approaching the Whiteman Airport (WHP), Los Angeles, California. The private pilot was fatally injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. 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 flight originated from the Placerville Airport (PVF), Placerville, California about 1200 and was destined for WHP.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that while the airplane was approaching the WHP airport, the pilot declared an emergency indicating problems with the airplane's engine. An air traffic controller cleared the pilot to land at either WHP or the nearby Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The pilot did not respond and no further transmissions were received from the pilot.

Witnesses reported they observed the airplane flying south over an interstate. The airplane was flying low when it started a right turn, but then turned left and descended below a hillside.

The airplane was moved to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N136RM
Model/Series: A36TC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: VNY, 802 ft msl
Observation Time: 1351 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Placerville, CA (PVF)
Destination: Whiteman, CA (WHP) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  34.295556, -118.469167

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SYLMAR (CBSLA) — Federal investigators combed through the wreckage Monday of a small plane that crashed into a Sylmar field, killing the pilot.

Scott Frazier Watson, 55, of Marina Del Rey, was killed when his plane crashed into a field right alongside the 5 Freeway in Sylmar Sunday afternoon. The father of three was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several motorists on the freeway reportedly stopped and ran down the freeway to try to help the pilot before emergency services arrived. Traffic on the northbound 5 and 405 freeways ground to a slow crawl because the crash could be seen from the freeway.

Watson’s daughter, Katie, said her father had his pilot’s license for about 15 to 20 years and that he was returning home to the Van Nuys Airport from a weekend trip.

Watson, who was called by relatives as a computer genius who worked his way up to become head of technology for Disney Engineering, had made a mayday call for help, but it’s not known what was wrong with the plane.

Bob Weis, president, Walt Disney Imagineering, released a statement saying that the company was “stunned and saddened by the loss of our long-time friend and colleague.” The statement continued, saying that “those of us who worked with Scott during his nearly 30-year career at Disney knew him as a humble genius who made making magic look easy.”

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA were on the scene Monday to look through the wreckage of the plane.

SYLMAR, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A single-engine plane crashed into a field near the 5 Freeway in Sylmar on Sunday afternoon, killing the pilot who was the only occupant.

The plane went down in the 12600 block of Encinitas Avenue, near the 405 and 5 freeways, around 1:50 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Officials say it appears the plane may have had an in-flight emergency and the pilot may have looked at setting down on the freeway, but it was too crowded.

Good Samaritans rushed over to the site of the crash and tried to help the pilot but were unable to get him out. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life extricate him from the wreckage and attempted CPR but were unable to save him.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are en route to investigate the cause of the crash.

Story and video ➤

A pilot died after his airplane crashed near the 5 Freeway in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon.

The pilot was reportedly trapped in the wreckage after the small, fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft crashed in a field adjacent to the interstate at 12600 Encinitas Ave. in Sylmar, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The Beechcraft BE33 aircraft crashed under "unknown circumstances" about 5 miles north of Van Nuys Airport around 1:45 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor said.

Rescuers managed to pull the man from the plane, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, the LAFD said.

The airplane is registered to Scott Watson, of Marina Del Rey, and was manufactured in 1980, according to FAA records. Authorities have not yet said whether Watson was piloting the plane at the time of the crash.

The crash did not spark a fire, damage structures or cause any other injuries, the LAFD said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is overseeing the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

Update Aircraft Down 08/12/2018 INC#0772 

Update Aircraft Down; INC#0772; 2:10PM; Field near 12600 Encinitas Av; Sylmar; Only patient and only apparent occupant of the Beechcraft A320 single engine aircraft was an adult male pilot who was trapped in wreckage (since freed) but is now deceased at scene; There are no other injuries; No fire; No structures damaged; All further inquiries to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) which will be overseeing the investigation; FS 75; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; Dispatched LAFD Units: BC12 CM42 E18 E275 E290 E474 E75 E90 E91 EM15 H6 HR3 RA75 RA90 RA91 T75 T90 UR88; - Brian Humphrey

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The airport this pilot departed from made the local news. It's not a stretch to draw a link between the accident and what happened earlier at the airport he departed from.