Friday, May 29, 2020

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N7085R: Incident occurred May 27, 2020 at Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino County, California -and- Accident occurred January 13, 2018 in Corona, Riverside County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

May 27, 2020:  Aircraft landed and nose gear separated and incurred a propeller strike.

Date: 27-MAY-20
Time: 23:53:00Z
Regis#: N7085R
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

January 13, 2018

January 13, 2018

January 13, 2018

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Corona, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA102
Date & Time: 01/13/2018, 1209 PST
Registration: N7085R
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Simulated/training event
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional


According to the flight instructor, during an off-airport simulated engine failure with a 180° turn, he called for a go-around upon completion of the maneuver. The student initiated the go-around, but the airplane struck power line wires. The flight instructor landed the airplane in a field, and the nose landing gear separated from the airplane. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts.

The flight instructor reported that this accident could have been prevented by performing a ground reconnaissance of unfamiliar practice areas to assess for hazards to flight. The flight instructor will also initiate simulated engine failures at a higher altitude to enable recovery at no less than 500ft above ground level.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot and flight instructor's failure to see and avoid powerlines during a simulated emergency landing, which resulted in a wire strike during a go-around.


Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Student pilot (Cause)
Monitoring environment - Instructor/check pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wire - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying
Simulated/training event (Defining event)

Approach-VFR go-around
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Part(s) separation from AC

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 26, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/11/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/05/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1015 hours (Total, all aircraft), 700 hours (Total, this make and model), 800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 115 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3.4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/18/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 55 hours (Total, all aircraft), 14 hours (Total, this make and model), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N7085R
Model/Series: PA 28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 28-21788
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/28/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9089.69 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2A
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAJO, 533 ft msl
Observation Time: 1956 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 62°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 0°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots/ 16 knots, 110°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chino, CA (CNO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chino, CA (CNO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1140 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.897778, -117.602500 (est)


  1. To the ones becoming CFI's out there to "rack up" the hours to 1500 for the ATP... please DON'T!!!! If you have no passion for teaching or no interest to transfer knowledge in the best way you can and most of all if you don't enjoy the work of teaching you do a great disservice to students and GA in general. There's other jobs out there or just team up and do the hours in a trainer as part of a club etc...
    The situation described here is an utter failure of being a CFI per PTS standards i.e proper visual scanning techniques, maneuvers and collision avoidance. The student is lucky to not have been KILLED by that CFI. I Hope his license was yanked.
    I was a victim of several CFIs just using me as springboard to get the hours to work for the airlines and now see how incompetent and incomplete my training was.
    Student pilots shop around and avoid the ones that are just accumulating the time to drop off the flight school as soon as they hit the 1500 magic mark.
    Of course the collapse of air transportation for what will be quite a while now might make some discover their talent being instructors but I wouldn't count on it... more like some of these will be stuck in CFI jobs they hate for a meager pay and no interest in really teaching in what they feel was a useless certificate.

    1. You're making illogical assumptions about CFI's involved in crashes. While it may be true that some CFI's don't make good teachers, they sure as hell have a passion for flying or they wouldn't be trying to make the 1500 mark to be a commercial pilot. Accidents happen for a plethora of reasons. And how is a student supposed to "shop around"? Impossible to know who is a better/safer CFI.

  2. My question is why was the student still under instruction doing basic early training engine out maneuvers with an instructor at 55 hours? Most already have their PPL by that time.


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