Sunday, September 22, 2019

Cessna 177 Cardinal, N2323Y: Fatal accident occurred September 19, 2019 near Zamperini Field Airport (KTOA), Torrance, 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; Long Beach, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Torrance, CA
Accident Number: WPR19FA262
Date & Time: 09/19/2019, 1202 PDT
Registration: N2323Y
Aircraft: Cessna 177
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation

On September 19, 2019, about 1202 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 177, N2323Y, airplane, was substantially damaged when it impacted a building about 3/4 mile east of the Zamperini Field Airport (TOA) Torrance, California. The commercial pilot was fatally injured, and the passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local aerial observation flight that was originating at the time of the accident.

Several witnesses located near the departure end of the runway reported that the airplane banked right and shortly thereafter nose-dived towards the ground.

The airplane came to rest in the ceiling support structure of a commercial building. The airplane penetrated the roof of the building and was found hanging vertically from the support structure with the tail section protruding from the rooftop.

A postaccident examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, revealed that all major structural components and primary flight controls of the airplane were located at the accident site.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2323Y
Model/Series: 177 Undesignated
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: KTOA, 90 ft msl
Observation Time: 1147 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Torrance, CA (TOA)
Destination: Torrance, CA (TOA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 33.803333, -118.339722 (est)

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One person was killed and another was critically injured after a small plane crashed into a building roof in Southern California on Thursday, officials said.

The Cessna 177 Cardinal, with two people aboard, crashed around noon about a mile east of the Los Angeles-area Zamperini Field, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Video of the scene showed wreckage on the roof of a commercial building and in a parking lot below.

The plane landed on top of a building in a shopping plaza, Fox 11 reported, adding that officials with the Torrance Fire Department said the plane penetrated the roof. No injuries were reported in the building or on the ground.

“I just saw the plane looking like it was trying to get altitude,” Omid Taheri, who witnessed the crash from across the street at a car dealership, told The Daily Breeze. “Then it turned sideways and to the right and then took a nosedive straight down.”

Torrance resident Tina Schneider, who works in the building next to the crash site, also reportedly saw the plane fall. She told the newspaper she saw the plane take off, then make a U-turn.

“You could hear the plane was having problems,” Schneider said, adding that she then saw the plane hit the building.

“There was a guy, hanging upside down and dangling,” she told the paper. “He was alive, stuck in his [seatbelts].”

She said fuel was pouring out of the plane.

“Then they cut [the man] out of his straps and pulled him to the side,” Schneider said.

The person who was killed has not yet been identified.

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

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