Friday, August 31, 2018

Cessna 140, N2167V: Accident occurred August 30, 2018 at Tehachapi Municipal Airport (KTSP), Kern 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; Van Nuys, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Accident Number: WPR18LA246
Date & Time: 08/30/2018, 1902 PDT
Registration: N2167V
Aircraft: Cessna 140
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 30, 2018, at 1902 Pacific daylight time a Cessna 140, N2167V, lost engine power during takeoff at Tehachapi Municipal Airport, Tehachapi, California. The private pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and forward fuselage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight.

The pilot initially took off at 1837 and performed a series of touch-and-go takeoff and landings while remaining in the traffic pattern. At 1901, while on the fifth landing roll, the pilot decided to perform one more takeoff. Shortly after rotation, at an altitude of about 50 ft above ground level, the engine lost all power. With limited runway available, and hangars to the left and a busy highway to the right, she decided to attempt a 180° left turn back to the runway. During the turn the airplane struck the adjacent taxiway to the south. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2167V
Model/Series: 140 Undesignated
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: KTSP, 4001 ft msl
Observation Time: 0215 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 14 knots, 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: TEHACHAPI, CA (TSP)
Destination: TEHACHAPI, CA (TSP) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.137222, -118.444167

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