Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Beechcraft C23 Sundowner, N24580: Accident occurred June 30, 2019 in Ludlow, San 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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location:  Ludlow, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA187
Date & Time: 06/30/2019, 1134 PDT
Registration: N24580
Aircraft: Beech 23
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 30, 2019, about 1134 Pacific daylight time, a Beechcraft C23 airplane, N24580, was substantially damaged following an emergency landing at Mojave National Preserve, Ludlow, California. The pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Tiger Capital, LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the fight that originated from Needles Airport (EED), Needles, California at 1055 with the intended destination to Chino Airport (CNO), Chino, California.

The pilot stated that he was at cruise flight at 6,000 ft above ground level when he noted a faint smell of burning paint. Within 10 seconds, he observed the oil pressure dropped to zero and the engine RPM decayed to about 2,100. A couple of seconds later, the engine completely lost power so the pilot performed an emergency landing. Upon impact with the terrain, all three landing gear separated, the engine cowling was forced aft and the firewall suffered deformation at mounting points.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N24580
Model/Series: 23 C23
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Tiger Capital, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.914722, -115.796389 (est)

LUDLOW — An unidentified couple were forced to crash-land a single-engine aircraft in the Mojave National Preserve shortly before noon Sunday after the plane experienced engine trouble, according to San Bernardino County Fire Department officials.

County Fire spokesperson Kyle Hauducoeur told the Leader on Sunday afternoon that the male pilot and female passenger were en route to Chino from Needles in the fixed-wing plane when the plane’s engine lost oil pressure and stalled, which brought an emergency landing.

“The plane crashed ... in a very remote section of the preserve,” Hauducoeur said, adding that the location had no viable road access.

The Mojave National Preserve is a sprawling, 1.5 million-acre swath of mostly protected federal land within the National Park System. It’s sandwiched by Interstate 15 to the north, Interstate 40 to the south and the California-Nevada state line to the east.

The plane crashed near the unincorporated High Desert community of Ludlow, situated roughly 58 miles east of Barstow on I-40, according to a County Fire statement released shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Neither occupant was injured.

The man and woman faced a four- to five-mile hike to the nearest road, or a long wait for ground resources to reach them, County Fire’s statement showed.

Despite the location, the pilot used a cellphone to make a call that established communication with a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department patrol helicopter.

Once Sheriff’s officials confirmed the man and woman were not injured, they “allowed (County Fire’s) response to continue,” Hauducoeur said.

The first-alarm incident response included an H-325 MedFlight helicopter contracted to County Fire. The crew flew the H-325 from the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville to the crash site.

There, the long wait and 100-degree heat prompted the crew to take the couple to the Barstow-Daggett Airport located about 40 miles west of Ludlow in order to get them out of the elements and to arrange for their transport home, the statement showed.

A photo posted to County Fire’s Twitter account shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday showed the couple in good spirits, smiling in front of the H-325 at the crash site. A second photo showed the man giving a thumbs up while posing with the helicopter crew.

County Fire’s statement called the H-325 a “critical resource” that “made a difference” with its capacity for off-site landings and auto launching to calls along remote stretches of I-15 and I-40, as well as highways 58 and 395, when necessary.

“I would consider them very lucky,” Hauducoeur said of the couple.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.vvdailypress.com

Two pilots and two passengers walked away unharmed after one airplane made a crash landing in the Mojave Desert and another caught fire upon landing at San Bernardino International Airport in two separate incidents on Sunday, San Bernardino County fire officials said.

The first aircraft emergency took place just before noon near the community of Ludlow, the San Bernardino Fire Department said in a written statement.

The small, single-engine plane was heading from Needles to Chino when it suddenly lost oil pressure and stalled, “forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in an inaccessible region of the Mojave National Preserve,” the fire department said in a written statement.

The site of the crash landing was several miles from the nearest road, so a fire department H325 rescue helicopter was sent to retrieve the pilot and passenger from the triple-digit heat, officials said.

Officials responded to the second airplane mishap about 6 p.m.

An engine on a small airplane caught fire just after it landed on runway 24 at San Bernardino International Airport, fire officials said via social media.

An aircraft rescue and firefighting engine responded and quickly doused the burning aircraft with fire-retardant foam. The pilot and a passenger were unhurt.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://ktla.com

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