Thursday, August 22, 2019

Cessna 120, N4237N: Accident occurred August 21, 2019 at Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), Alameda 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; Oakland

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Livermore, CA
Accident Number:WPR19LA233
Date & Time: 08/21/2019, 1150 PDT
Registration: N4237N
Aircraft: Cessna 120
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 21, 2019, about 1150 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 120 airplane, N4237N, impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from the Livermore Municipal Airport (LVK), Livermore, California. The private pilot was seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The pilot reported that the airplane just came out of an annual inspection. The airplane started normally, and a runup was completed at 1,700 RPM with no noted anomalies. She aligned the airplane onto runway 25L and started the takeoff roll, during which she noted that the airplane was taking longer than expected to accelerate. She ensured the throttle was at full power. Shortly thereafter the airplane lifted off the runway and it started to climb. However, the engine seemed like it wasn't operating at full power despite it sounding normal. The airplane stopped climbing and the pilot initiated an off-runway landing. During the descent the left wing impacted the ground, the right landing gear separated, and the airplane slid to a stop.

The airplane has been recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4237N
Model/Series: 120 No Series
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: LVK, 400 ft msl
Observation Time:1153 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:Livermore, CA (LVR)
Destination: Livermore, CA (LVR) 

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: 37.689444, -121.818889 (est)

LIVERMORE, California -- A Cessna 120 crashed late Wednesday morning after taking off from Livermore Municipal Airport, according to a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot had just taken off from Runway 25L when the plane went down nearby around 11:50 a.m., FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The pilot was reportedly transported to the hospital with moderate injuries. She was alert and talking. No one else was on board.

The crash will be investigated by the FAA as well as the National Transportation Safety Board, the lead agency in the investigation, and that process typically takes about a year to determine the cause of a crash.

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