Saturday, December 14, 2019

Cessna 182P Skylane II, N182EF: Accident occurred December 12, 2019 near McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ), San Diego County, California

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

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California
PPonk Engines; Camano, Washington
Mechanic; ElMonte, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Carlsbad, CA

Accident Number: WPR20LA042
Date & Time: 12/12/2019, 1900 PST
Registration: N182EF
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 12, 2019, about 1900 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 182P airplane, N182EF, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, about 3 miles west of McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ), Carlsbad, California. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to Viola LLC, and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight which originated from San Gabriel Valley Airport (EMT), El Monte, California about 1830.

The pilot reported that the engine started to run rough during the approach into CRQ. About a minute later and after troubleshooting, the engine roughness increased. The pilot contacted the tower controller at CRQ and reported the rough running engine. The pilot noticed the engine monitor appeared to have normal operating indications. The alternator voltage light illuminated, and the engine continued to run rougher. The pilot saw two flash explosions occur from the left side of the engine and propeller area, followed by the smell of oil in the cabin. The engine monitor then showed that the No. 5 cylinder was "dead." The controller approved landing at CRQ, and the pilot responded that he was landing on the southbound side of Interstate 5. The pilot prepared the airplane for the forced landing and landed hard in the far-left lane on the southbound side and came to rest along the Jersey barrier.

The airplane's nose landing gear collapsed during the accident sequence. The aft fuselage was buckled near the cabin door area and residual oil covered the belly of the airplane. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N182EF
Model/Series: 182 P
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: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: CRQ
Observation Time: 1905 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Altimeter Setting:  30.15 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: El Monte, CA (EMT)
Destination: Carlsbad, CA (CRQ)

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: 33.146389, -117.333611 (est)


CARLSBAD —  A small, single-engine Cessna made an emergency landing Thursday night on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, but the two people on board walked away uninjured, authorities said.

The plane lost power and made a hard landing about 7:10 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the freeway near Tamarack Avenue, Carlsbad fire Division Chief Mike Lopez said.

Lopez told OnScene TV that a man and woman were on board and headed for Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport from the San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte, in Los Angeles County, when the engine lost power.

Air traffic controllers lost the plane on radar about 7:05 p.m., Lopez said. The 58-year-old Covina pilot put the plane down near the median, and both he and his 58-year-old passenger were uninjured.

The plane’s cockpit “filled with smoke,” according to a tweet from Carlsbad city officials.

There was minor damage to the plane, which came to rest partly on its nose, Lopez said. The aircraft did not collide with any vehicles or cause any crashes, according to officials.

Authorities shut down all southbound lanes of the freeway in the area for about 30 minutes. The two right lanes of the freeway were reopened about 7:40 p.m., but the two left lanes remained closed until about midnight, when crews finally got the aircraft on a tow truck and hauled it away.

Officer Mark Latulippe, a spokesman for the CHP’s Oceanside area, said the plane’s wings would likely have to be removed before the aircraft could be fully moved off the interstate. But a photograph posted to Twitter by CHP officials showed the plane was loaded onto the tow truck fully intact.

Within about 50 minutes of the plane landing, as traffic backed up on southbound lanes of the freeway approaching the landing site, two vehicles collided just near Carlsbad Village Drive, according to the Highway Patrol. No injuries were reported in that crash.

The non-injury freeway landing was at least the second of its kind in San Diego County in the past 15 months.

In October 2018, then-25-year-old flight instructor Ryan Muno, a former San Diego State University baseball player, landed a single-engine Piper PA-28-161 in the westbound lanes of Interstate 8 in El Cajon when the plane lost power while descending for a landing at Gillespie Field.

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