Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Cessna 150F, N6617F: Accidents occurred October 03, 2019 and June 06, 2019 in Davis, Yolo County, California

Two people sustained minor injuries Thursday night when a small plane crash-landed near the southeastern edge of Davis, according to the Davis Police Department.

The Cessna 150F came down at about 7:45 p.m. on county land near Montgomery Avenue and Willowbank Road, Lt. Paul Doroshov said.

It landed upside-down in what appeared to be a recently disced field, sustaining front-end damage in the process.

Both the plane’s pilot and mechanic were on scene Friday morning. The pilot indicated he was accompanied by his son when the plane crashed, but declined a further interview with The Enterprise.

Federal Aviation Administration officials also responded to the scene Friday to determine the cause of the crash.

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

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

June 06, 2019: Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Davis City, CA

Accident Number: WPR19LA160
Date & Time: 06/06/2019, 1930 PDT
Registration: N6617F
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 6, 2019, about 1930 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 150F, N6617F, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Davis, California. The private pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a personal flight, conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed, for the cross-country flight that departed Sacramento, California at 1915 and was destined for Yolo County Airport (DWA), Davis, California.

The pilot stated that he borrowed the airplane from a friend for a flight with his son, a student pilot, around the Sacramento area. During the preflight inspection, the pilot's son observed significant levels of water while sumping the fuel tanks and gascolator. He continued to drain the fuel tanks until he no longer observed any water contamination. They subsequently taxied the airplane to a fuel farm at DWA where they filled both fuel tanks with 100 low lead aviation grade gasoline, totaling 26 gallons. The pilot's son sumped the fuel tanks again and observed more water. After 5 subsequent rounds sumping the tanks, they began to observe water-free fuel samples. The pilot rocked the wings before he re-sumped the fuel tanks once more, but did not observe any further water contamination.

They departed DWA and performed touch-and-go landings at multiple airports. While en-route to an intermediate airport at 1,500 ft and south of Davis, California, the pilot retarded the throttle so his son could practice the engine failure emergency procedure. As the airplane reached 500 ft, the pilot asked his son to advance the throttle to full power, and he complied. The engine maintained full rpm without hesitation for about 40 seconds before the engine rpm dropped to an engine idle position, about 1,000 rpm. The pilot took control of the airplane and attempted to restart the engine while he established the airplane's published best glide speed. He then made several unsuccessful attempts to restart the engine, which was no longer producing any power. The pilot turned the airplane into the wind and executed a forced landing in a field. However, the main landing gear impacted the dirt during touchdown and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed damage to the engine firewall, engine mount, and rudder.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6617F
Model/Series: 150 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Cecil McLemore
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None  

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 68 ft msl
Observation Time: 0720 PDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sacramento, CA (KSAC)
Destination: Yolo County, CA (KDWA)

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:  38.525278, -121.703889 (est)


  1. If they put 26 gallons into the tanks after finding that amount of water then there is a good chance water was still present in the tanks,always keep fuel tanks full and topped up while the aircraft is on the ground especially if kept outside where condensation can build up alarmingly overnight as the temperature changes,itonly takes a spoonful of water sucked into the carburettor for the engine to quit.
    Sumping is not foolproof.

    1. Not sure about this 150F but my 150L has two(2) 13 gallon tanks with about 22.5 gallons useable.

  2. Two forced landings within a few months.