Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Cessna 182P Skylane, registered to and operated by Air Carriage Inc under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N7302S: Fatal accident occurred May 01, 2019 in Mill Creek, Tehama County, California

Dr. Lowell Glenn Daun

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California
Textron Aviation (Cessna); Wichita, Kansas
Continental Aerospace Technologies; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Mill Creek, CA
Accident Number: WPR19FA126
Date & Time: 05/01/2019, 1100 PDT
Registration: N7302S
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 01, 2019, about 1100 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna T182P airplane, N7302S, experienced a loss of engine power and collided with a power line while making an emergency landing to a grassy marsh in Mill Creek, California. The flight instructor and front-seated passenger sustained serious injuries; the rear-seated pilot-rated passenger was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Air Carriage, Inc. 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 flight originated from Chino Airport, Chino, California, about 1010.

The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to fly around Mount Shasta. Following departure, he maneuvered the airplane toward Mount Shasta and climbed to about 11,000-11,500 ft mean sea level (msl). The airplane approached the west side of the mountain and the pilot began to maneuver in a right turn with the intention of making a 360° tour. As soon as the airplane transitioned over to the east side of Mount Shasta, he heard a muffled "boom" from the engine compartment immediately followed by a puff of white vapor and a partial loss of engine power (the rear-seated passenger took a photograph several minutes before the engine failure shown below in Picture 1). Thereafter, black smoke began to enter the cockpit consistent with the smell of burnt oil. The pilot trimmed the airplane for the best glide-speed and the airplane began to descend rapidly at an estimated 1,000 ft per minute. While looking for a suitable place to make an off-airport landing, he briefly attempted to troubleshoot the engine problem and noted that when he retarded the throttle control there was a slight reduction in power, which gave him an indication that at least one piston continued to operate. He immediately advanced the throttle fully forward to arrest the descent as much as possible.

Picture 1: Airplane Position Several Minutes Prior to Engine Failure

After rejecting his first selected snow field, the pilot turned the airplane toward a grassy meadow aiming to have enough altitude to clear the treetops. He planned to flare the airplane immediately after clearing the four-foot fence that stretched northwest-southeast across the field. After the airplane passed over the treetops, he extended the flaps and continued toward the fence. The pilot suddenly saw powerlines immediately ahead and attempted to maneuver the airplane in a dive to fly underneath them. The airplane contacted the wires and spun from the impact, coming to rest inverted.

The accident site was located in marshy terrain about 37.5 nautical miles from the destination airport. In character, the terrain was composed of soft, wet grassy marsh. The wreckage was found distributed over a 565-foot distance on a median magnetic bearing of about 230°. There were powerlines, two parallel wires about 20 ft in height, stretched across the field oriented east-west. There were several fence structures, about 4 ft in height, two of which bordered the debris field; one fence located on the south end of the debris field was oriented east-west and the other oriented northwest-southeast was between the wires and the main wreckage (see below Picture 2).

Picture 2: Accident Location Showing the Debris Field

The fuselage came to rest inverted at the end of the debris field. There was an oil sheen on the entire belly of the fuselage and lower surface of the horizontal stabilizer and elevator control surfaces (see below Picture 3). The left wing strut was separated and the lower left cowling contained a rub mark, both were consistent with contact with a wire. Found within the debris field were pieces of an engine connecting rod and parts of a piston.

Picture 3: Bottom of Fuselage with Oil Sheen

An external examination of the engine revealed oil staining on the firewall. There was a hole in the bottom of the case adjacent to the No. 3 cylinder and the push rods were loose. There was additionally a hole in the upper case near the No. 4 cylinder. The internal engine components were examined by using a lighted borescope through the hole in the crankcase. The oil sump contained a small amount of visible oil and numerous pieces of the internal components were at the bottom including pieces of pistons and connecting rods.

The engine was equipped with an F&M Enterprises Inc. engine oil filter adapter, model C6LC-S. The purpose of the adapter was to enable the engine to use a conventional spin-on oil filter. As manufactured, the oil pump has a brass oil screen mounted to the casing and the filter adapter uses the oil screen bore to attach to the engine. The post accident examination revealed that the filter adapter was loose, and the adapter housing could be rotated about the shaft (see below Picture 4). Investigators removed the safety wire and attempted to assess the breakaway torque of the adapter which was required to be 65 foot-pounds (ft/lbs). The torque was less than 20 ft/lbs, which was the force set on the torque wrench.

Picture 4: Oil Filter Adapter

A closer examination of the filter adapter revealed that the fiber gasket, located between the oil pump casting and the adapter housing was protruding with the outside edge extending beyond the castings (see below Picture 5). Additionally, a tear could be seen in the gasket where the adapter housing abutted the engine case. Removal of the adapter revealed that the fiber gasket was completely split The copper crush gasket was intact. The oil filter was removed and cut open; there were several small metal flakes, but otherwise the pleats were clean from debris.

Picture 5: Oil Filter Adapter Fiber Gasket

The engine and oil filter adapter were shipped to the engine manufacturer for further examination.  

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7302S
Model/Series: 182 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Air Carriage Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRDD, 497 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 37 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.4 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Chico, CA (CIC)
Destination: Chico, CA (CIC) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 40.360000, -121.510556

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Lowell Glenn Daun

A private celebration of life will be held for Lowell Glenn Daun, 72 of Chico. 

He passed away on Wednesday, May 1 2019 as the result of a plane crash in Childs Meadows near Mineral, CA.

Lowell was born on January 9, 1947 in Redlands, CA, a third generation Californian.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Chico; four daughters, six grandchildren, two sisters and one brother in law.

Donations may be made in his memory to the National Military Families Association.

A Chico man was killed when a small plane crashed Wednesday near Mineral at Child's Meadows, and two others remain in critical condition, reports the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.

It appears the plane was circling the area on Highway 36W near Highway 172 before crashing around 11:02 a.m.

Killed was 72-year-old Lowell Daun, who was a passenger in the 1976 182P Cessna owned by Air Carriage, Inc.,out the Chico Municipal Airport, said Tehama County sheriff's Det. Robert Bakken.

The names of a second passenger and the pilot, a male and a female, said Bakken, has not been released by the sheriff's office as matter of privacy.

Both were transported by air ambulance to an area hospital.

According to the sheriff's office, the office received a report from Oakland AiTraffic Control that the plane had suffered total engine failure.

CalFire, the sheriff's office and CalTrans responded to the report and located the crashed aircraft in piece at Child's Meadow.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

Original article ➤

RED BLUFF, California — At least one person killed in a plane crash in the Childs Meadow vicinity involving a Cessna carrying three persons.

A report was received about 11 a.m. Wednesday from Oakland Air Traffic Control of a Cessna with engine trouble west of Mineral and possibly about 39 miles northeast of Red Bluff, according to scanner traffic. At 12:30 p.m., the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department coroner’s unit was requested.

Initial reports around 11:36 a.m. indicated the plane was found with a missing wing and no persons seen near it in the area of State Route 36E and State Route 172 near Childs Meadows. The Susanville Fire Department was cited as the source for that information.

A medic was requested at 11:38 a.m. and power lines were reported down across 172 near the intersection with 36E at 11:44 a.m.

A Susanville California Highway Patrol unit reported there were three people in the plane and two were injured, but talking. There was no response regarding the status of the third individual.

Caltrans closed 172 at 36E. Nothing further was available as of 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Original article ➤

UPDATE 3:07 p.m. May 1, 2019 - Caltrans District 2 said Highway 172 is now open at the Highway 36 junction after a plane experiencing total engine failure crash-landed in Child's Meadows. 

UPDATE 2:28 p.m. May 1, 2019 - The Tehama County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that one person died and two others were critically injured in the plane crash. 

Authorities received a call from Oakland Air Traffic Control around 11:02 a.m. in regards to a plane experiencing total engine failure in the area of Highway 36 and Highway 172. They advised authorities that the plane was going down. 

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office could not confirm where the plane was coming from and where it was going. 

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - Caltrans District 2 said there are traffic delays on SR 36 east of the junction with SR 172 due to a downed aircraft. 

CAL FIRE first got reports of the downed aircraft around 11:16 a.m. and have sent crews out to the scene. 

Original article ➤


  1. Wires and planes don't mix. Probably would have made a successful forced landing if it wasn't for those damned power lines. They have claimed a lot of pilots. RIP

  2. Ran it out of oil due to loose adapter??