Saturday, August 25, 2018

Champion 7KCAB Citabria, registered to Three Points Partners Inc and operated by the CFI, N1682G: Fatal accident occurred August 22, 2018 in Descanso, San Diego County, California

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California
Lycoming Engines; Phoenix, Arizona

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N1682G

Location: Descanso, CA
Accident Number: WPR18FA237
Date & Time: 08/22/2018, 1615 PDT
Registration: N1682G
Aircraft: Champion 7KCAB
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On August 22, 2018, about 1615 Pacific daylight time, a Champion 7KCAB airplane, N1682G, impacted wooded terrain, about 8 miles northwest of Descanso, California. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and commercial pilot receiving instruction were fatally injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and fuselage. The airplane was registered to Three Points Partners and operated by the CFI under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight. The local flight departed Gillespie Field Airport (SEE), El Cajon, California at 1601.

Information provided by family members of both pilots revealed that the purpose of the flight was for spin training as part of the commercial pilot's training to become a flight instructor. The CFI operated two Champion airplanes, providing spin training and tailwheel endorsements.

Review of radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration identified a primary radar target depart SEE and proceed in a northeasterly heading, climbing to about 3,200 ft above ground level (agl) across areas of rising terrain. The target continued on a northeasterly heading, at a level altitude, before radar contact was lost near the accident site. Throughout the last few minutes of the target track, altitudes varied between 2,000 to 2,400 ft agl.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted terrain on a heading of about 112° magnetic. The wreckage debris path was about 120 ft in length and contained all major structural components of the airplane. Hydraulic deformation was evident on both wing fuel tanks, which were breached. Residual fuel was noted within several engine fuel supply lines.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N1682G
Model/Series: 7KCAB No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Three Point Partners Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSEE, 387 ft msl
Observation Time: 2347 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: El Cajon, CA (SEE)
Destination: El Cajon, CA (SEE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.957778, -116.697778 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



Ryan Michael Willis was one of two men who died in a small plane crash in Descanso overnight Wednesday.

Willis, who was flying with 15-year-veteran pilot David Alan Derby, 77, was a pilot himself, as well as a commercial diver, “but of all the hats Ryan Willis wore, nothing was more important to him than being a husband and a father,” his wife, Krista, said in a statement.

Willis was 36 years old and had a two-year-old son, Hank.

Krista Willis also called her husband an “adventure enthusiast, traveler, loyal friend, dedicated son, [and] humble talent.”

The plane left from Gillespie Field in El Cajon on Wednesday but did not return that evening as expected.

Hours after the plane failed to return, a plane making a steep descent was spotted via radar by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

“Words cannot express the amount of heartache and grief felt,” she added.

The family is asking all donations be directed to their Go Fund Me page to support his wife and son.


Authorities on Saturday released the names of the two men found dead after their single-engine plane crashed in the backcountry near Descanso on Wednesday.

David Alan Derby, 77, a commercial pilot from Santee, and Ryan Michael Willis, 36, of San Diego were found on Thursday, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

They took off in a 1682G Champion 7KCAB from Gillespie Field in El Cajon Wednesday evening and did not return as scheduled. When they couldn’t be reached by radio, they were reported missing.

The state Office of Emergency Services observed by radar a steep descent that helped narrow down a possible crash area for searchers, the Medical Examiner’s Office said. A sheriff’s helicopter crew found the plane wreckage about 17 miles northeast of Gillespie Field, in rough, hilly terrain.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the crash.


FAA records show Derby has had a commercial pilot’s license since 2003. The plane was owned by Derby’s company, Three Point Partners Inc.




SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - The wreckage of a small plane has been discovered in Descanso. It was found in the area of Conejos Valley Road Thursday.

The single engine plane was supposed to land at Gillespie Field Wednesday night, but never did. 

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says they found wreckage of the missing plane in a rugged area in Descanso.

When the plane didn’t arrive at Gillespie Field, the sheriff’s department aired an overdue aircraft advisory message saying there were two people on board, possibly a student and instructor.

Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Gillespie Field reported to sheriffs that the single-engine Champion CH7B plane had fallen off radar. Sheriffs dispatched their helicopter to start searching for the plane along its flight plan.

Around 1:30 Thursday morning they found what could be possible plane wreckage in a rugged area of Descanso, near three sisters Falls. The area is near 17 miles north-east of the airport.

Once the sun came out, it was clear that, that was the plane that crashed, with two people on board.

When the sheriff's department aired the overdue aircraft advisory message, it gave the tail number N1682G which is registered to Three Point Partners Inc.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating. Neither agency identified the people involved in aircraft accident. 

Story and video ➤ http://www.cbs8.com



UPDATE: Authorities confirmed two men were on board the plane. Their identities have not been released.

DESCANSO, Calif. (KGTV) - Federal aviation authorities reported the crash of a single-engine plane with two people on board in East San Diego County Wednesday night.

The Champion CH7B was reported overdue at Gillespie Field in El Cajon around 9:30 p.m.

Thursday morning, search crews found the wreckage of the plane in rough terrain in Descanso, about 17 miles northeast of the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration did not release immediate information about the two occupants of the plane.

"The terrain is so rugged there’s not even roads to get out to that area. The only way in is through helicopter," said Sheriff's Lt. Damon Blankenbaker.

Deputies established a command post at Three Sisters Falls trailhead. They photographed the crash site and ferried NTSB investigators to the wreckage Thursday.

It typically takes the NTSB a year or more to determine a probable cause for an accident, federal officials said.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.10news.com




Two men were found dead in the wreckage of a small plane discovered Thursday in a rugged part of Descanso.

A search and rescue team made their way to the downed plane, near Tule Springs and Conejos Valley Road east of the El Capitan Reservoir, at daylight, the San Diego Sheriff's Department said. 

On Friday, the medical examiner's office said two men - ages 77 and 36 - were found dead inside the plane. 

Their names have been withheld pending notification of family. 

The plane left from Gillespie Field in El Cajon but did not return Wednesday.

Hours after the plane failed to return, a plane making a steep descent was spotted via radar by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

The office then alerted the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. 

The men were traveling in a 1682G Champion 7KCAB certified aircraft, the medical examiner said.

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