Saturday, November 10, 2018

Cessna 182P Skylane, registered to G&N Enterprises and operated by the airline transport pilot, N9914M: Accident occurred November 08, 2018 near Cable Airport (KCCB), San Bernardino 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; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ontario, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA021
Date & Time: 11/08/2018, 1553 PST
Registration: N9914M
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 8, 2018, at 1553 Pacific standard time a Cessna 182P, N9914M, lost engine power and landed on a freeway 2 miles west of Cable Airport, Upland, California. The airline transport pilot, commercial pilot, and passenger were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage during the landing. The airplane was registered to G&N Enterprises and operated by the airline transport 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. The cross-country flight departed Yerington Municipal Airport, Yerington, Nevada, about 1318 with a planned destination of Cable Airport.

The airplane was flying south through the Cajon Pass, and once clear at an altitude of 6,500 ft mean sea level (msl) the commercial pilot initiated a turn to the west. The airplane then encountered what she presumed to be leeside turbulence from the mountain range, so she turned the airplane to the south in an effort to find smoother air. However, the turbulence became more severe and the airplane began to rapidly descend. The airline transport pilot attempted to change the radio frequency to the Ontario Airport Control Tower, so he could advise them that the flight would need to transition through their airspace in order to escape the downdrafts. He was struggling to switch the radio's frequency control due to the turbulence, but eventually was able to establish contact. By this time the airplane had descended to 2,000 ft msl (about 500 ft above ground level), and the airline transport pilot requested that the pilot arrest the descent. She applied full engine power with the throttle, but the engine did not respond.

The airline transport pilot then took the flight controls, applied full rich fuel mixture and carburetor heat, and the engine momentarily regained power. Having reached about 2,300 ft msl, the engine again lost power, and the pilot decided to look for an area to land. With limited options, he decided to land on the westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway. He maneuvered over a set of trees, and just prior to touchdown a vehicle appeared under the right wing. He attempted to avoid a collision, and while doing so the airplane landed hard. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9914M
Model/Series: 182 P
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: KCCB, 1439 ft msl
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / -12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 25 knots / 33 knots, 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Yerington, NV (O43)
Destination: Upland, CA (CCB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.134722, -117.663333 (est)

The passengers of a small plane that made an emergency landing on the 210 Freeway in Upland Thursday afternoon emerged from the incident unscathed, authorities said. There were no other injuries reported.

Crews responded to the scene near Mountain and Euclid avenues around 3:45 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Fire District said the aircraft’s occupants got out without injuries. The agency did not specify how many people were inside.

The plane ended up on the right shoulder of the westbound side of the 210, images tweeted by Upland police Chief Darren Goodman show.

Authorities provided no further details.

Original article can be found here ➤

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