Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Collision During Landing: Cessna 175, N7095M; accident occurred December 31, 2019 in Elk, Mendocino County, California

Pilot Photo of Accident Site

Pilot Photo of the Accident Site

Pilot Photo of the Instrument Panel

Pilot Photo of the Accident Site

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Elk, CA
Accident Number: WPR20CA055
Date & Time: 12/31/2019, 1430 PST
Registration: N7095M
Aircraft: Cessna 175
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that after he completed an aerial observation flight, he decided to conduct a simulated engine out approach to an open field. When the airplane was about 40 ft above ground level, the pilot aborted the approach by applying full engine power and elevator backpressure. The pilot stated that the descent was not immediately arrested, but the airplane seemed to be accelerating. As the airplane continued to descend, it slipped to the left and the left main landing gear struck a bush which induced more left yaw and loss of lift. Subsequently the wing struck vegetation and terrain and the airplane cartwheeled before it came to rest upright.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/27/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/01/2018
Flight Time:  296.6 hours (Total, all aircraft), 186.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 201 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 14.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7095M
Model/Series: 175 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 55395
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/05/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 30 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2990 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Teledyne continental
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 210 hp
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: LLR, 573 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1415 PST
Direction from Accident Site: 355°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:  
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Little River, CA (KLLR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Petaluma, CA (O69)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1415 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Little River (LLR)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 573 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 39.128611, -123.715833 (est)

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