Sunday, September 27, 2020

North American TB-25N Mitchell, N7946C: Accident occurred September 19, 2020 near Stockton Metropolitan Airport (KSCK), San Joaquin County, California

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

ProAIR Holding Company LLC


Date: 19-SEP-20
Time: 02:22:00Z
Regis#: N7946C
Aircraft Make: NORTH AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: B25N
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: STOCKTON
State: CALIFORNIA

3 comments:

  1. The company (museum) owner has stated complete mechanical failure, and excellent CRM/Airmanship/decision making by the PIC. The plane did fly a long ways before landing at Nut Tree, but declined fuel for the short flight up next on the agenda.
    This drone video flies the approach path and shows the intended landing field, which was just beyond the ditch. Sure looks like the PIC elected gear down and did not make it to the intended field. Both gear and engines were ripped loose while sliding across the ditch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts4wiLRT0f4&feature=youtu.be

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  2. ^^A video commenter on that YT link states they did a gear up landing but I see at least one torn main gear, so clearly they had gear down.

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  3. Flightaware:
    https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N7946C/history/20200919/2322Z/KCNO/L%2037.92316%20-121.32214

    News says the crash happened near Roberts and Muller roads:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?t=k&q=loc:37.905180+-121.341675

    Both engines quit while flying 1000' AGL. Hand pumping the gear down takes a while if they did that.

    B-25 Gear hand pump demo:
    https://youtu.be/LMqXuJWjmPI

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