Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Controlled Flight into Terrain: Piper PA-18-105 Super Cub, N1890A; accident occurred February 29, 2020 in Santa Barbara

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

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


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Accident Number: WPR20CA105
Date & Time: 02/29/2020, 1000 PST
Registration: N1890A
Aircraft: Piper PA 18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during the landing approach to a ridgeline airstrip, he deployed full wing flaps and descended to the touchdown point. About 15 ft above ground level, the airplane encountered a sink that he failed to recognize and arrest. The pilot further remarked that the approach speed was also a little too slow for the unstable air which likely increased the rate of descent. The airplane touched down hard, short of the touchdown point, and nosed over, coming to rest inverted. The left wing and empennage were substantially damaged.

The pilot reported no mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/30/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/20/2019
Flight Time:  1400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 700 hours (Total, this make and model), 1400 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N1890A
Model/Series: PA 18 125
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1952
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-1723
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/07/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 8 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5267 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-235 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 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: , 13 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 0953 PST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Santa Ynez, CA (IZA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Santa Ynez, CA (IZA)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0830 PST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: PRIVATE (N/A)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1765 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 34.574722, -119.608611

Emergency crews responded to a downed aircraft in the Los Padres National Forest Saturday afternoon.

In Helicopter 308, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said they responded to a downed aircraft northeast of Ogilvy Ranch around 2 p.m.

Fire crews found the aircraft on the ridge-line near Ogilvy Ranch and landed their helicopter to investigate. Upon landing, crews could tell someone had been injured, but could not locate the patient.

Emergency crews then flew down to Ogilvy Ranch to ask employees there if they saw anything.

A ranch employee told responders that the aircraft went down about 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the patient was either brought to the ranch or went on his own to seek medical help.

Fire officials said the patient was flown from an air field at the ranch to the Santa Ynez Airport in a private aircraft. From there he was flown to a nearby hospital and has since been discharged.

The man suffered minor injuries according to officials.

Santa Barbara County firefighters went back to the downed aircraft and disabled the electronic locator beacon on aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating.

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

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