Monday, August 10, 2020

Controlled Flight into Terrain/Object: Aviat A-1C-200 Husky, N327MN; accident occurred August 08, 2020 in Kernville, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kernville, California
Accident Number: WPR20CA261
Date & Time: August 8, 2020, 10:45 Local 
Registration: N327MN
Aircraft: Aviat A1 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj
(CFIT) Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 47,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: April 29, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 5, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1481 hours (Total, all aircraft), 40 hours (Total, this make and model), 1304 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aviat 
Registration: N327MN
Model/Series: A1 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 3241
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 14, 2019 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 39 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 170 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-A1D6
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 200 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPTV,442 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 31 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:56 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 243°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 200° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Santa Ana, CA (SNA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Kernville, CA (PVT) 
Type of Clearance: VFR flight following
Departure Time: 08:45 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PVT Burnt Corral Meadow PVT
Runway Surface Type: Dirt
Airport Elevation: 6300 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Soft
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Go around;Traffic pattern; Valley/terrain following

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 36.224166,-118.497779(est)

Tulare County Sheriff's Office

The plane crash was in the Golden Trout Wilderness near a meadow in the Sequoia National Forest.

The pilot was the only occupant on the plane. He is alive and has been airlifted by the CHP helicopter to a local hospital.

The California Highway Patrol on Saturday rescued a pilot whose plane crashed into the Sequoia National Forest.

Around 11 a.m. Saturday, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department dispatchers got reports that a plane crashed near a meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness area of the forest.

Tulare County Sheriff's Search and Rescue members were sent to the scene and a CHP helicopter landed near the crash site.

The pilot was found alive and airlifted to a local hospital, where his condition was not released, according to a Tulare County Sheriff’s Department release. He was the only occupant of the plane.

The Golden Trout Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada, in Tulare and Inyo counties. Featuring 117 miles of streams, the area spans both the Sierra crest sides with camping and hiking and is located 40 miles east of Porterville.

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