Saturday, February 02, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Beech B19 Sport 150, N24682; accident occurred January 26, 2019 at Whiteman Airport (KWHP), Pacoima, Los Angeles, California

View of left, front fuselage damage.

View of right wing damage.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA109
Date & Time: 01/26/2019, 1110 PST
Registration: N24682
Aircraft: Beech B19
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that, while on final approach, the airplane encountered wind shear. He considered performing a go-around but decided not to due to buildings, traffic, and pedestrians and to avoid casualties. Upon landing, the airplane veered off the runway and impacted a fence.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

About the time of the accident, the wind was from 100° at 10 knots, and the pilot was landing the airplane on runway 12. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with a fence.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Fence/fence post - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern final
Other weather encounter

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 52, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/06/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/24/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 542 hours (Total, all aircraft), 542 hours (Total, this make and model), 453 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 41 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N24682
Model/Series: B19
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: MB-572
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/15/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 hp
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: KWHP, 1003 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1905 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 148°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Los Angeles, CA (WHP)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Whiteman (WHP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1003 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4120 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.259444, -118.413333 (est)

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