Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Fieseler Fi-156C Storch Replica, N156LZ: Accident occurred May 01, 2019 near Cable Airport (KCCB), Upland, San Bernardino County, California

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Location: Upland, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA129
Date & Time: 05/01/2019, 1001 PDT
Registration: N156LZ
Aircraft: STORCH FL-156C
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 1, 2019, at 1001 Pacific daylight time, a special light sport Storch Aircraft LLC FL-156C airplane, N156LZ, was substantially damaged shortly after takeoff from Cable Airport (CCB), Upland, California. The commercial pilot/owner was seriously injured. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed at CCB at the time of the accident. The flight was originating from CCB when the accident occurred.

According to a responding law enforcement officer, the pilot told him that he had just taken off from CCB, and when the airplane was climbing through about 300 ft, the engine lost all oil pressure. The pilot initiated a turn back toward the airport. The engine ceased developing power during the attempted return, and the airplane impacted in a field east of the airport, about 1,500 ft short of the runway 24 threshold.

The high-wing, tailwheel-equipped airplane came to rest upright. Both main landing gear struts were collapsed, and the lower cowl and forward cabin were crushed or otherwise deformed. There was no fire. The pilot was extracted by medical personnel and transported to a local hospital. The airplane was recovered to a secure facility.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land, multi-engine land, rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument airplane and helicopter ratings. He also held a repairman certificate for the accident airplane. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued in October 2018, at which time he reported that he had accumulated a total flight experience of 10,000 hours.

FAA records indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 2009 from a kit. It was equipped with a Rotax 912ULS series engine. The airplane was first registered to the pilot in 2009.

CCB was situated at an elevation of 1,440 ft above mean sea level, and was equipped with a single paved runway, designated 06/24. The runway measured 75 ft by 3,863 ft. CCB was not equipped with an air traffic control tower.

The 0955 CCB automated weather observation included winds from 210° at 3 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 2,700 ft above ground level, temperature 15° C, dew point 7° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.02 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: STORCH
Registration: N156LZ
Model/Series: FL-156C
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: CCB, 1440 ft msl
Observation Time: 0955 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2700 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: Upland, CA (CCB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

The pilot of a Fieseler Fi 156C Storch that crashed near an Upland airport was injured Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The pilot took off from Cable Airport and soon began experiencing mechanical issues, said Sgt. Moe Duran, a spokesman for the Upland Police Department. The man tried to turn the plane around to fly back to the airport but lost power. The aircraft crashed in a nearby field shortly after 10 a.m.

Video footage shows the plane lying in a dirt field, mostly intact but with a crumpled nose. The dark-colored, single-engine aircraft was a replica from World War II and was painted in a military camouflage design with a swastika on its tail.

At the crash site, officers helped free the man, who was stuck inside the airplane, before paramedics arrived. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was transported to a trauma center with moderate injuries, Duran said.

There was no fire after the crash, and no one else was injured, authorities said.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the crash, but it was not clear whether the agencies would be investigating.

“By law, we investigate all crashes that result in fatalities, serious injuries or significant damage to the airframe,” NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said. “If there is not a fatality, it can sometimes take a day or so to determine whether the crash meets our statutory threshold.”

The Condor Squadron, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit whose members fly historical aircraft, does not own the plane.

Chris Rushing, president of the organization, identified the downed aircraft as a single-engine German Storch.

Rushing said Condor Squadron members have only American-built planes, like the one that crashed on the 101 Freeway in October. The pilot in that plane, a North American SNJ-5 (T-6), crash-landed in Agoura Hills. The plane burst into flames, but the pilot walked way unscathed.

Original article can be found here ➤

UPLAND, California  — A small plane crash was reported just east of Cable airport, directly across the street from the airport in a field.

It happened Wednesday just before 10:30 am in the city of Upland.

San Bernardino County Fire responded and Twitted that they had completed extrication on the pilot, who was considered to be in critical condition.

The pilot was transported to a local trauma center. His identity was not immediately available.

The crash did not cause any post-crash fire or other hazards, per Fire officials.

The Upland Police responded and taped off the scene and are awaiting the Federal Aviation Administration to respond for the crash investigation.

No other injuries were reported, and only one person was onboard the flight.

Original article can be found here ➤

A light airplane crashed just east of Cable Airport in Upland in a field Wednesday morning, firefighters said.

Only the pilot was aboard the aircraft and was taken to a trauma center, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.

The Fieseler Fi-156C Storch Replica crashed under unknown circumstances after it had taken off from Cable Airport at around 10 a.m., said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

“The plane was on approach for landing and had some sort of mechanical issue and did not make the runway, and came down in a field leading up to runway,” Upland police Capt. Cliff Mathews said.

The airport has a lot of apartments around it. The pilot landed in a field near a small park.

Matthews said he did not know the extent of the pilot’s injuries.

There was no fire or other hazard associated with the downed aircraft, firefighters said.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small plane crashed near an airport in Upland and the plane's pilot was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

The single-engine Storch FL-156C crashed under unknown circumstances after taking off from Cable Airport around 10 a.m., said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot was the only person on board.

A witness said it sounded like there was engine trouble before the plane went down.

The plane is an experimental German World War II-era craft.

Original article can be found here ➤

UPLAND, California (KABC) -- One person was rushed to a trauma center Wednesday morning after a small plane crashed in a field in Upland, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. 

In a tweet at 10:18 a.m., the Fire Department said the crash happened just east of Cable Airport. 

The plane's only occupant was extricated from the aircraft and transported to the hospital, the agency said. The patient's identity and condition were not immediately disclosed. 

According to fire officials, no hazards or fire occurred in the aftermath of the incident. 

Upland police also responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

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