Thursday, December 06, 2018

Beech A36TC Bonanza, N361TC: Accident occurred December 06, 2018 at Los Banos Municipal Airport (KLSN), Merced 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; Fresno, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Los Banos, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA039
Date & Time: 12/06/2018, 1230 PST
Registration: N361TC
Aircraft: Beech 36
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 6, 2018, at 1230 Pacific standard time, a Beech A36TC airplane, N361TC, collided with a fence following a loss of engine power while on approach for landing at Los Banos Municipal Airport (LSN), Los Banos, California. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the tail section. The airplane was privately owned 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 at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV), San Jose, California at 1145.

According to the pilot, prior to departure from RHV he fueled the main fuel tanks and had 35 gallons of useable fuel on board. While en route, the pilot planned to practice flight maneuvers, and then practice landings at LSN. The pilot reported that he entered the downwind for runway 32, and as he made the left base turn, the engine began to sputter and lose power. The pilot turned toward the runway and tried to maintain clearance from trees located on the outside of the airport perimeter fence, however, the propeller and landing gear struck the fence. The airplane came to rest upright about 5 ft from the runway edge.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N361TC
Model/Series: 36 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: KCVH, 237 ft msl
Observation Time: 1235 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: San Jose, CA (RHV)
Destination: Los Banos, CA (LSN)

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: 37.063889, -120.869722 (est)

A San Jose man escaped injury after his plane crash-landed at Los Banos Airport in Merced County on Thursday, according to authorities.

Los Banos Police and fire responded the airport around 12:36 p.m., after a licensed pilot out of San Jose experienced a power failure and crash-landed a single-engine airplane, according to Cmdr. Ray Reyna.

Reyna said the pilot narrowly missed trees located south of Highway 152 as he approached the runway.

The airplane’s front landing gear collided with a fence bordering the south side of the airport and crash-landed in a grass area sliding several hundred feet before coming to a rest short of the runway, Reyna said.

Authorities said no other aircraft were involved in the crash and there were no other passengers on board the plane.

Los Banos Police have been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board following the crash. 

Reyna said police received authorization from the National Transportation Safety Board to move the aircraft and store it until National Transportation Safety Board personnel can inspect the plane and speak with the pilot.

The airport and runway closed for about one to two hours while police and fire responded to the scene. 

Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor in the crash, according to police.

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