Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Nanchang CJ-6, registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N621JM: Accident occurred April 19, 2019 at Nevada County Airport (KGOO), Grass Valley, Nevada 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; Sacramento, California

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


Location: Grass Valley, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA117
Date & Time: 04/19/2019, 1340 PDT
Registration: N621JM
Aircraft: Nanchang CJ 6
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On April 19, 2019, about 1340 Pacific daylight time, a Nanchang CJ 6 airplane, N621JM, was substantially damaged when it nosed over following a runway excursion at the Nevada County Airport (GOO), Grass Valley, California. 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. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight, which originated from Auburn, California, about 1300 with an intended destination of GOO.

The pilot reported that following an uneventful landing on runway 25, a 4,657 ft long and 75 ft wide asphalt runway, he extended his landing roll due to traffic on one of the taxiways. As the airplane neared the pilot's intended taxiway, he applied left rudder and lightly depressed the brake handle. About 30° into the left turn, the brakes failed, and the airplane exited the asphalt taxiway surface. Due to obstructions ahead, and the down sloping terrain, the pilot applied right rudder and engine power to realign the airplane with the runway. Shortly after, the airplane overran the departure end of the runway, and traveled downslope while airborne. The airplane then touched down and struck a dirt berm before it collided with a fence, nosed over and came to rest inverted.

Examination of the airplane by local law enforcement revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Nanchang
Registration: N621JM
Model/Series: CJ 6 A
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: KGOO, 3153 ft msl
Observation Time: 1355 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Auburn, CA (AUN)
Destination: Grass Valley, CA (GOO) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 39.223889, -121.013333

A plane with a faulty braking system sent an airplane and its two occupants over the end of the runway at the Nevada County Airport Friday afternoon.

Both the pilot and the passenger were conscious and able to walk away from the wreckage with minor injuries and were taken by ambulance as a precaution.

Reports of a plane that had gone off of the end of the runway came in at 1:33 p.m., according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Sergeant Rusty Green.

The aircraft had taken off earlier in the day from the Nevada County Airport and was returning to the runway when the incident occurred.

The plane — a 1989 Nanchang CJ-6 — is a Chinese-built aircraft that was introduced in 1958 and was used primarily as a trainer.

Due to the plane’s relatively low price and sturdy construction it is a popular aircraft among hobbyists. The plane’s braking system is powered by pneumatic, which may have failed during Friday’s crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash and must first give its clearance before the wreckage can be extracted, potentially with the help of a crane.

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