Monday, January 27, 2020

Stinson V-77 Vultee, N50249: Fatal accident occurred January 24, 2020 near Auburn Municipal Airport (KAUN), Placer County, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

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

Location: Auburn, CA
Accident Number: WPR20FA077
Date & Time: 01/24/2020, 1000 PST
Registration: N50249
Aircraft: Stinson V77
Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 24, 2020, about 1000 Pacific standard time, a Stinson Vultee V-77 airplane, N50249, was destroyed when it collided with terrain about 3/4-mile northeast of Auburn Municipal Airport (AUN), Auburn, California. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured, and the private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The airplane departed AUN about 0945.

Several witnesses reported that they heard the airplane's engine "backfiring" and "stuttering" and subsequently heard the engine quit. Additionally, a witness at the airport, who was monitoring the airport's Unicom frequency, stated that he heard the pilot of the accident airplane make a distress call reporting that he had lost his engine and shortly thereafter heard the pilot radio that he was going down in the trees.

Examination of the wreckage by the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge revealed that the airplane struck tall trees and subsequently came to rest in rocky wooded terrain, located near the top of a hill. All major components of the airplane necessary for flight were located at the accident site. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stinson
Registration: N50249
Model/Series: V77 No Series
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: KAUN, 1531 ft msl
Observation Time: 0955 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Auburn, CA (AUN)
Destination: Auburn, CA (AUN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 38.959444, -121.065833 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

Rancho Cordova Police Department
Anthony Lawrence Wright Jr., 55

Rancho Cordova Police Department
January 24th

"The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) is deeply saddened to share the tragic and unexpected loss of a member of our team. Today, RCPD Records Officer and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Tony Wright was killed in a plane crash in Auburn, California.

Tony was a 23-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and joined our RCPD team in 2008. He was assigned to RCPD’s Traffic Unit and worked in our Service Center supporting our residents with general inquiries, as well as traffic-related requests.

Tony was 55 years old and leaves behind a wife and family.

We are grieving the loss of a beloved member of our team, and our thoughts and prayers are with Tony’s family and friends."

Placer County Sheriff's Office
January 24th

"Placer County Sheriff’s deputies received a call of a plane crash after 10 a.m. this morning, in the area of Black Oak Golf Course in Auburn. Deputies arrived minutes after the call, and found a mangled non-commercial plane in the yard of a residence near the 13000-block of Dry Creek Road.

Deputies observed fuel leaking from the plane and immediately worked to extract the three people inside. One victim was found deceased at the scene and the second victim was life-flighted to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The third victim was taken to the hospital for moderate to major injuries. The descendants have been identified as: 80-year old Anthony Lawrence Wright Sr. (father) and Anthony Lawrence Wright Jr. (son), both of Meadow Vista. Wright Jr. was a reserve officer and a full-time records officer with the Rancho Cordova Police Department. Investigators with the National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating all other details of the crash, including what type of aircraft was involved, and where it was headed to/coming from.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wright family tonight and the Rancho Cordova Police Department."

AUBURN, California -  The Placer County Sheriff's Office has identified the two men killed following a plane crash near an Auburn golf course. They were father and son.

It was reported around 10AM Friday, January 24, 2020, in the area of Dry Creek Road and Haines Road, near the Black Oak Golf Course. it crashed shortly after take off.

According to the Placer County Sheriff's Office, three people were on-board. The third passenger has moderate to major injuries.

A Placer County Tweet identified the deceased as Anthony Lawrence Wright Sr., 80, and Anthony Lawrence Wright Jr., 55, both of Meadow Vista.

Wright Jr. was a reserve officer and full-time records officer with the Rancho Cordova Police Department.

The Stinson V-77 Vultee crashed in a heavily wooded area very close to homes.

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

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1 comment:

  1. The 3rd person I'm guessing was in the back seat how they survived that mangled mess only god knows. Engine failure on takeoff probably loaded at gross weight worse nightmare.