Saturday, April 20, 2019

Van’s RV-4, N77WK: Incident occurred April 18, 2019 in San Bernardino, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Made an emergency landing on a highway.


https://registry.faa.gov/N77WK


Date: 18-APR-19

Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N77WK
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: RV 4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN BERNARDINO
State: CALIFORNIA

Pilot Troy Hartman stands behind his experimental aircraft after making an emergency landing on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardino Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported. 


Pilot Troy Hartman, from Temecula, inspects his experimental aircraft after making an emergency landing on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardino Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported.

Pilot Troy Hartman inspects his experimental aircraft after making an emergency landing on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardino Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported. 

Pilot Troy Hartman stands behind his experimental aircraft after making an emergency landing on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardino Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported. 

California Highway Patrol Sgt. B. Robinson prepares to help pilot Troy Hartman (not pictured) push his experimental aircraft onto a flatbed truck after making an emergency landing on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardion Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported. 

California Highway Patrol Sgt. B. Robinson jokes with a passing motorist after a experimental aircraft needed to make an emergency landing on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardion Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported. 




An experimental aircraft sits on the shoulder of the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardino after making an emergency landing Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Harman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. B. Robinson and officer K. Riley help pilot Troy Hartman (not pictured) push his experimental aircraft onto a flatbed truck after making an emergency landing on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardino Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported. 


A tow truck operator is assisted by pilot Troy Hartman after Hartman needed to make an emergency landing in his small experimental amateur aircraft on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardino Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported.


Pilot Troy Hartman receives assistance from California Highway Patrol Sgt. B Robinson and officer K. Riley in loading his small experimental amateur aircraft on to a flatbed truck for towing after making an emergency landing on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardino Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported. 


California Highway Patrol Sgt. B. Robinson prepares to help pilot Troy Hartman (right) push his experimental aircraft onto a flatbed truck after making an emergency landing on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardion Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported. 


A tow truck operator secures the experimental aircraft to his flatbed after the pilot needed to make an emergency landing on the northbound 215 freeway in San Bernardion Thursday, April 18, 2019. The pilot, Troy Hartman, from Temecula, took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems which caused him to land the plane on the northbound 215 freeway between the 210 and University in San Bernardino at approximately 1:46 p.m. The plane was put on a flatbed truck and taken off the freeway. No injuries were reported. 


A single-engine experimental plane experiencing engine failure made an emergency landing Thursday afternoon on the northbound 215 Freeway, north of the 210 Freeway and south of Cal State San Bernardino.

The California Highway Patrol log said the pilot escaped injury and no vehicles were struck in the 1:46 p.m. incident.

“No injuries, no damage, didn’t hit anything,” the log noted, and said the Federal Aviation Administration had been notified. There was no fire.

Pilot Troy Hartman of Temecula said he took off from French Valley Airport near Murrieta and started experiencing engine problems, forcing the landing on the northbound 215 Freeway between the 210 Freeway and University Parkway in San Bernardino.

A photo from a passerby showed a single-engine red-and-black aircraft sitting upright on its landing gear, with its canopy open, on the right side of the roadway.

The Van's RV-4 lost engine power and made an emergency landing, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The agency was investigating the incident, he said.

The plane’s FAA registration describes it as an amateur-built experimental aircraft with a Lycoming engine and a July 1990 airworthiness date.

The plane’s FAA registration described it as an experimental, amateur-built craft with a Lycoming engine, certified as airworthy in July 1990.

CHP officers and Hartman pushed the plane onto a flatbed truck that removed it from the freeway later in the afternoon.

A SigAlert was called for the area shortly after emergency landing, but that was due to a motorcycle crash in the fast lane. It was unclear if the motorcycle crash was linked to the traffic backup caused by the sight of the plane.

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