Friday, September 13, 2019

Cessna 172F Skyhawk, N5229F: Accident occurred September 12, 2019 near Hemet-Ryan Airport (KHMT), Riverside County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside

Owner: United States Air Force

Operator: March Aero Club

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA544
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 12, 2019 in Hemet, CA
Aircraft: Cessna 172F, registration: N5229F

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft attempted an emergency landing in a field adjacent to KHMT.

Date: 13-SEP-19
Time: 00:02:00Z
Regis#: N5229F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Operation: 91

HEMET — Minor injuries have been reported after a US Air Force plane based out of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley crashed at Hemet-Ryan Airport this afternoon, Thursday,  Sept. 12. Two occupants managed to walk away from today’s crash, which left the plane upside down in a dirt field south of W. Stetson Ave. and east of Warren Rd., according to witnesses and officials.

City of Hemet Police and Fire Departments, along with AMR and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene of this afternoon’s crash around 3:20 p.m., after receiving multiple reports of a plane that possibly crashed and overturned at the airport, Hemet Police Cpt. Glen Brock told RCNS in response to an email request for information and details about the accident.

Official radio traffic at the time indicated that at about the same time the crash was reported, emergency dispatchers had begun to receive reports about a missing military aircraft and the first officer to arrive at the scene confirmed the plane had military markings on it.

“When officers arrived they discovered a plane down in a dirt field,” the Cpt. explained; saying, “The only damage was to the plane and the occupants sustained minor injuries.”

Officials raced to the scene of today’s crash after it was reported that a US Air Force plane had crashed at Hemet-Ryan Airport. Hemet Valley Incidents photo

Brock and FAA registry records confirmed the plane – a 1965 Cessna 172F single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft, and had US AIR FORCE clearly marked on its sides – is registered to the United States Air Force out of March Air Reserve Base. Sources indicate the type of plane involved in the crash was and still is typically used for training purposes.

After the crash as emergency crews raced to the scene, two men could be seen self-extricating from the overturned aircraft and then removing various items from inside the cockpit. The men appeared OK, but were evaluated at the scene by paramedics and later reported to have suffered unspecified but minor injuries.

It was not immediately known if the plane was being actively used by the Air Force or if it was from the March Field Air Museum, but a check of the museum’s featured planes did not list the small aircraft as one of theirs. Calls to the museum went unanswered.

One person familiar with the crash later reported to RCNS the plane belonged to the Aero Club at March Air Reserve Base, which offers flight training and other services. Their website indicated they do offer the use of at least three Cessna 172’s for training purposes; however, calls to that organization for confirmation also went unanswered.

Witnesses from the scene later reported it appeared the plane had tried landing at the airport but overshot the runway; before going into a dirt field, where the aircraft’s wheels dug into the soft soil causing the plane to flip over. It was not immediately known if the plane had suffered an air emergency or malfunction leading to the rough landing.

“The events surrounding the accident are under investigation,” Brock advised.

As of this report, military, Federal Aviation Administration, and National Transportation Safety Board personnel were headed to the scene, but had not yet arrived.

Several streets surrounding the area of the crash have been temporarily shut down as of this report and officials have asked that the public stay away from the scene.

Original article ➤

Two people had to pull themselves out of a plane that crashed while attempting an emergency landing near Hemet-Ryan Airport, a fire official said Thursday afternoon.

It happened about 3:30 p.m., Hemet Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Kuhlman said.

According to Kuhlman, a U.S. Air Force single-engine plane flying out of March Air Reserve Base began experiencing a mechanical issue while approaching Hemet-Ryan, and the pilot tried to set down in a dirt field southwest of the airport.

The plane was able to stay upright on its landing gear for about 200 feet after it touched down, Kuhlman said, but nose-dived when it reached a section of the field where the soil was particularly soft and ended up on its roof.

One of the plane’s two occupants sustained a laceration to an elbow, but both escaped serious injuries and were able to get out of the plane before firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene. Neither was hospitalized.

The U.S. Air Force was not immediately available for comment.

Original article can be found here ➤

A single-engine plane crashed off the end of a runway at Hemet-Ryan Airport Thursday, but the two occupants apparently escaped uninjured.

The crash happened about 3:20 p.m. at the end of Runway 23, near the intersection of Stetson Avenue and Warren Road, according to the Hemet Fire Department.

Officials did not immediately know whether the two-seat plane was departing or landing when the accident happened.

A Hemet fire captain at the scene said the aircraft plowed into the ground nose-first, coming to a stop in the dirt on the edge of the airport perimeter. No one on the ground was hurt.

Cal Fire air tanker and helicopter crews are based at the airfield, which is operated by the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, and the state personnel went to the crash site to assist the pilot and passenger, who were walking around the damaged aircraft by the time Hemet firefighters arrived, according to reports from the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately respond to requests for information about the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

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