Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N75989: Accident occurred June 09, 2020 at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Universal Aviators Academy Inc

NTSB Identification: WPR20CA178
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in Santa Barbara, CA
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N75989

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft lost control and crashed into fence.

Date: 09-JUN-20
Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N75989
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

No injuries were reported Tuesday when a small plane went out of control while landing at the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, and crashed into a fence near the passenger terminal.

The incident occurred at about 11:15 a.m., according to Deanna Zachrisson, airport business development manager.

The pilot and sole occupant of the Cessna 172N Skyhawk, whose name was not available, was not hurt, Zachrisson said.

She added that there was a small fire that was quickly doused by firefighters.

The aircraft was landing on one of the airport’s shorter runways — 15 Left — when it veered sharply to the left, Zachrisson said.

The plane ended up stuck nose first in the fencing near the rental car area at the south end of the terminal, Zachrisson said.

Gate 1, which is at the south end of the terminal, was taken out of service after that crash, although it was not damaged, Zachrisson said.

“We’re very fortunately that there wasn’t a plane there at the time,” she said.

The crashed aircraft is owned by a flight school in El Monte, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.


  1. "Aircraft lost control and crashed into fence."

    Unless there's a catastrophic mechanical failure, aircraft don't lose control anymore than cars do.

  2. Looks like asymmetrical flap deployment

  3. Right flap is bent *upwards* which of course it is not designed to do. Means it hit something.

  4. I don't see signs of impact on right flap. If was doing T&G's, asymmetric flap retraction and full throttle would give a pretty fierce left turning tendency. Let's not hang out the pilot just yet, nobody got hurt, relatively low property damage.

  5. I own a C172N that's leased to a flight school. The flaps are motor driven. Last year a student lowered the flaps on approach and heard a loud bang. The plane became hard to control and the CFI immediately took over. Said the plane flew like a drunk hippo and landing was tricky. They found the right flap severely buckled in a 25 degree down position. The rollers had bound in the flap track and the motor was strong enough to cause the flap to crease and fold. If this was a student or green pilot, I can imagine it was hard to control. Maybe the flap linkage broke and put the right flap in the up position we see in the photo. Glad there were no fatalities.

  6. Right flap is not bent up. It is in the up position and the right aileron is slightly down giving the appearance of the flap being bent upward. However the left flap is down and that can make for a rough ride for any pilot.