Saturday, January 04, 2020

Fuel Related: Cessna 150M, N45069; accident occurred January 03, 2020 near Twentynine Palms Airport (KTNP), San Bernardino County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Twentynine Palms, CA
Accident Number: WPR20CA060
Date & Time: 01/03/2020, 2000 PST
Registration: N45069
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel related
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that upon arrival at the airport after dark, he attempted to activate the pilot-controlled lights by keying the mike 7 times. He waited a short period and repeated the process two more times, but the runway lights did not turn on. He circled the area to try to locate the airport but was unsuccessful. The pilot stated he was now low on fuel, so he began to look for a place to make a precautionary landing. The airplane landed on a dirt road and during the landing rollout, the nose landing gear separated, and the left wing was substantially damaged.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Facility Directory identified that medium intensity runway lights were available at the airport. To activate the pilot-controlled lighting, the pilot is to key the mike 5 times in 5 seconds for medium or lower intensity lights. The pilot reported that he did not check what the proper procedures were for operating the pilot-controlled lighting for the runway.

Airport personnel performed a check of the pilot-controlled lighting system the following day and reported that there were no malfunctions with the system.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 24, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/12/2018
Flight Time: 260 hours (Total, all aircraft), 28.9 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N45069
Model/Series: 150 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 15076722
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/18/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1601 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6295.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: O-220-A
Registered Owner: Sowards Aircraft Leasing LLC
Rated Power: 100 hp
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: KNXP, 2051 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1856 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 312°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.38 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 0°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Maricopa, AZ (A39)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Twentynine Palms, CA (TNP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1900 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Twentynine Palms (TNP)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 1888 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.136111, -115.944444

A pilot escaped injury when his plane crashed west of the Twentynine Palms Airport Friday night. 

Rescue personnel were called to the plane crash at Sullivan and Francis Roads at 9:18 p.m.

County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said there was no fire or other hazards.

The California Highway Patrol and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

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