Friday, July 24, 2020

Avid Montana Coyote, N125MC: Accident occurred July 22, 2020 in Jamul, San Diego County, California

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Location: Jamul, CA
Accident Number: WPR20LA234
Date & Time: 07/22/2020, 1915 PDT
Registration: N125MC
Aircraft: MONTANA Coyote
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 22, 2020 at 1915 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur built Montana Coyote airplane, N125MC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Jamul, California. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the passenger, they made an uneventful stop during a local flight to refuel. They subsequently departed and about 20 minutes later the airplane lost all power. The pilot landed the airplane in a nearby field, but it collided with a fence line and the left wingtip impacted the ground.

Postaccident photographs furnished by the Federal Aviation Administration showed substantial damage to the left wing. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MONTANA
Registration: N125MC
Model/Series: Coyote
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Pfaff Kirk J
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 526 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 PDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Chula Vista, CA (0CL3)
Destination: Chula Vista, CA (0CL3)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 

JAMUL — Two people escaped injury when their small plane crash landed Wednesday night in a field near Jamul Casino, authorities said.

The aircraft lost engine power, but the pilot was able to glide it into a field and make a hard landing about 7:50 p.m. near the casino, in a brushy area off Campo Road, according to authorities.

Firefighters at the nearby Cal Fire San Diego Station 36 heard the plane’s engine sputtering, Cal Fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Shoots said. A short time later, someone at the casino called 911 and reported a plane crash.

A Sheriff’s Department helicopter first located the landing site, sheriff’s Lt. Glen Twyman said. The helicopter crew guided firefighters and deputies on the ground to the site, where the emergency crews found the plane’s two occupants uninjured.

Shoots, who was at the scene Wednesday night, said there were no trees in the vicinity, only waist-high brush. He said the crash landing damaged the aircraft landing gears and caused a minor fuel leak.

Shoots said the occupants of the plane described it as a Montana Coyote. The experimental aircraft is designed to be able to land and take off again quickly, without much runway.

According to Shoots, the occupants were practicing touch-and-go landings and takeoffs at John Nichol’s Field Airport, the airstrip at Skydive San Diego off Otay Lakes Road, a few miles south of the crash site.

Local authorities notified federal officials of the incident, as is standard for all crashes and other aircraft-related accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to investigate the crash.


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