Monday, June 17, 2019

Nanchang CJ-6A, N269AG: Fatal accident occurred June 15, 2019 in Porter Ranch, Los Angeles County, California

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Porter Ranch, CA
Accident Number: WPR19FA172
Date & Time: 06/15/2019, 0910 PDT
Registration: N269AG
Aircraft: Nanchang CJ6
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 15, 2019, about 0910 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Nanchang CJ6 airplane, N269AG, impacted mountainous terrain in the Santa Susana mountains near Porter Ranch, California. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The pilot/owner operated the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal cross-country flight. Marginal visual flight rules (MVFR) existed for the route of flight and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Zamperini Field Airport (TOA), Torrance, California about 0850 and was destined for Columbia Airport (O22), Columbia, California.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) and two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors responded to the accident site. The wreckage was located on 45o sloping terrain at an elevation of about 3,000 ft. The airplane remained intact and the debris field was contained to the main wreckage. The engine remained attached to the airframe and the propeller hub assembly remained attached to the crankshaft.

The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Nanchang
Registration: N269AG
Model/Series: CJ6 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: VNY, 802 ft msl
Observation Time: 0851 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1300 ft agl
Visibility:  7 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Torrance, CA (TOA)
Destination: Columbia, CA (O22)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 34.316111, -118.573333

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

Daniel Louis Delane

Daniel Louis Delane, 66, passed away unexpectedly on June 15, 2019 doing what he loved - flying. 

Dan is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lori Vincent Delane, whom he always referred to as his beautiful bride; his sons, Chase (Paige), Max, Michael (Kerianne), and grandson Louis. Along with siblings, John (Mimi) Delane, Mark (Cecily) Delane, and sister, Chris Huhs.

He was born in Portland, Oregon on August 22, 1952 to Edward Louis Delane and Anne Marie Tumpane Delane. He attended Malaga Cove Intermediate School, Rolling Hills High School, George C Marshall High School (Ankara Turkey), and graduated from West Virginia University where he participated in the Air Force ROTC program. He joined the Air Force in 1975 where he flew the F-5, F-15, and was part of the Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base. After his active duty service, he entered the Georgia Air National Guard where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. He also flew for Eastern Airlines and finished his career with 28 years at FedEx, flying the 777 aircraft as a Check and Evaluation Captain. 

Dan was also a civilian flight instructor and a proud member of the Tiger Squadron formation flying team, where he was fondly referred to as “Dawg”. He used his expertise to teach the art of formation flying and participated in special events throughout Southern California. He loved flying and wanted to share his knowledge and skills with everyone he could. He instilled the love of flight to everyone who had the honor to meet him. He was an instructor, guide, and mentor to all who knew him. His passions did not stop with flying, he also enjoyed cycling, sailing and routinely participated in the Newport-Ensenada Boat Race, along with having a fascination for cars.

He had a big infectious smile, slightly mischievous twinkle in his eye and a hearty laugh. He had so much energy, positivity, and passion for life. He made living life to the fullest look easy. He was caring, generous, selfless and had a bright personality. Those things, among so many others, will be missed by all of those whose lives he touched. He had a life to be proud of and died doing one of the things he loved most. Fly high up there Dan, cloud chasing, until we meet again. Each time we see a separation in the clouds, we will know you soared by. 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on June 28, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located on 5845 Crestridge Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275. A Celebration of Life will be held in August with the date and time to be announced later.

Authorities on Sunday identified a 66-year-old San Pedro man whose body was discovered amid the wreckage of a small airplane crash in the Santa Susana Mountains near Porter Ranch on Saturday afternoon.

Daniel Louis Delane was pronounced dead shortly after the crash site was discovered about 2:40 p.m. in a remote area roughly 2 miles north of Porter Ranch, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.

It was not clear exactly when the crash occurred, officials said.

The Nanchang CJ-6A aircraft had been previously reported missing, according to Federal Aviation Administration Allen Kennitzer. It was not clear how long the plane had been missing.

The circumstances of the crash were being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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A vintage military plane went down in the Santa Susana Mountains in Los Angeles County, leaving one person dead on June 15th.

The aircraft had replica U.S. military insignia. But the plane was identified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Nanchang CJ-6A. That’s a Chinese military trainer that’s also used for general aviation and crop-spraying work. Hundreds of the planes are privately owned around the world, according to military aircraft websites. 

The crash took place roughly two miles north of Porter Ranch at about 2:40 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Paramedics found the sole occupant of the privately owned, single-engine, two-seat plane that crashed dead amidst the wreckage of the aircraft. That person’s identity was not immediately made public.

No other injuries were reported in the crash near Palo Sola Truck Road, and no fire was burning at the crash site as of Saturday afternoon, Humphrey said.

Information regarding what might have caused the plane to go down was not immediately known. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will handle the investigation into the incident, which officials said may prove to be in the county’s jurisdiction.

Original article can be found here ➤

PORTER RANCH, California (KABC) -- A pilot was killed Saturday in a small plane crash in the Santa Susana Mountains near Porter Ranch, according to officials.

The plane crashed at about 2:40 p.m. while flying through the remote terrain in the Santa Susana Mountains, about two miles north of Porter Ranch.

A Los Angeles Fire crew said it discovered the body of a man at the scene. It crashed in a remote area, so crews had to be lowered from a helicopter to the debris area.

The Nanchang CJ-6A was apparently a privately-owned, single-engine, propeller-driven fixed-wing, two-seat plane.

No other injuries were reported.

It was not immediately known what led to the crash and the cause remains under investigation.

The pilot is believed to be the only person on the plane.

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  1. The crash occurred about 9:03 a.m. LiveATC has the pilot departing KTOA at about 8:46 a.m. that morning, and the City of Torrance has a noise abatement website that provides a radar track - you can follow the plane to the crash site. :(

    1. Please send me the link to radar track. I'm a pilot and he was my best friend.

  2. I was taught that when flying in mountainous terrain that you should land on the upslope in an emergency if no flat terrain is available. Looks like this guy was doing the correct thing. If flown into the crash could it have been survivable or maybe a medical event? My condolences to his loved ones.

  3. Excellent comment above. He certainly landed on the upslope and flared the plane up the hill.
    It's worth seeing that the plane is nearly intact. The photos give you some idea how steep that mountain slope actually is. A more typical outcome would be this airplane in 1,000 pieces. He greatly improved his odds of surviving the manner he landed the plane and is just a shame he didn't make it.

  4. Diffilcult (impossible) to land in a controlled manner on an uphill slope like depicted on the fotos due to inertia and load factor.


  6. Radar track is accessible here: Go to “historical” and look for the red RV departing IFR about 8:40 am, Dan’s Nanchang appears a couple minutes later squawking 1200.

  7. Looks more like a stall/spin. Note there's no brush or ground disturbance around the aircraft. He went down in a flat spin. (It appears, I'll add)

  8. Looks like a stall/spin to me too. Slight brush disturbance and twist of the rear fuselage, but mostly a flat, vertical vector impact. Lost power, pulled up to clear the ridge and stalled?

  9. I knew Dawg when he first got into the F-15. He didn’t do anything half ass!! He leaned forward in the saddle and max performed everything. Lookinfg at the nose and how the empanage is crumpled, I believe he was flying acro. The airplane hit hard nose first. You can’t tell if the engine was pulling because the prop is buried in the mountain side. if the prop tips are bent tip forward, the engine is pulling, If the tips are bent aft, the prop was frozen or just windmilling. I didn’t see the ground track but from the wreckage I believe he was taking the opportunity to have a little fun! For sure, he died doing what he loved! Rags


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