Monday, June 17, 2019

Cessna 182M Skylane, N777RK: Accident occurred June 15, 2019 near Cable Airport (KCCB), Bernardino 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;Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Upland, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA174
Date & Time: 06/15/2019, 0943 PDT
Registration: N777RK
Aircraft: Cessna 182M
Injuries: 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 15, 2019, about 0943 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182M airplane, N777RK, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power after takeoff from Cable Airport, Upland, California. The private pilot and two passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to private individuals and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight, which was originating at the time of the accident, with an intended destination of San Diego, California.

The pilot reported that during takeoff, as the airplane ascended through about 250 ft above ground level, the engine began to sputter and he initiated a left turn to return to the departure runway. Shortly after, the engine lost all power and he initiated a forced landing to an open area south of the departure runway on airport property. The pilot stated that he intended on landing hard to break both landing gear legs off so the airplane would slide to a stop; however, the airplane bounced, became airborne, and traveled across a road before it landed in a parking lot and impacted trees and came to rest upright.

Examination of the airplane by local law enforcement revealed that the left wing was separated, and the fuselage was structurally damaged. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N777RK
Model/Series: 182M
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: KCCB, 1439 ft msl
Observation Time: 1655 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1200 ft agl
Visibility:  5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Upland, CA (CCB)
Destination: San Diego, CA (MYF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 34.113333, -117.680556

A small plane with three people on board crashed near an airport in Upland, San Bernardino County Fire Department officials said Saturday morning.

A single-engine light aircraft crash landed around 9:45 a.m. “off of Cable Airport just east of the runway near Benson Ave.,” fire officials wrote on Twitter.

The Cessna 182M Skylane experienced engine trouble before crash landing in a parking lot about 300 feet short of runway 26L, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

Battalion Chief Kenny Halseth said when first responders arrived all three people had already gotten out of the plane and were sitting on a nearby park bench.

“I think it’s probably a combination of pilot skill and a little bit of luck,” Halseth said. All three people were transported to local hospitals with injuries, but are expected to survive.

“It’s amazing that we had the minor injuries that we had, and the outcome was as it was,” Halseth said.

Halseth said the plane came very close to striking a building.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

It was the first of two small plane crashes that occurred in the L.A. metro Saturday. A second crash killed one person in the Santa Susana Mountains north of Porter Ranch around 2:40 p.m.

Original article can be found here ➤

UPLAND, California (KABC) -- Three people on board a small plane were injured in a crash near Cable Airport in Upland on Saturday morning.

The single light aircraft crash-landed in the 1300 N. Block of Benson Avenue around 9:45 a.m., according to Upland police.

One person suffered life-threatening injuries, and two others had minor injuries, according to a San Bernardino County Fire spokesperson. All three were taken to local hospitals.

Pictures from the scene showed the plane sustained significant damage. Fire officials said the aircraft crashed on the Upland City Yard property, causing minor damage to the building.

"I think it's probably a combination of pilot skill and a little bit of luck," Fire Battalion Chief Kenny Halseth said.

Northbound traffic at 13th Street was expected to remain closed until further notice, police said. Southbound Benson Avenue would remain open.

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