Friday, November 13, 2020

Bellanca 7GCBC Citabria, N57517: Accident occurred November 11, 2020 at Fallbrook Community Airpark (L18), 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: Fallbrook, CA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA052
Date & Time: November 11, 2020, 09:50 Local 
Registration: N57517
Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCBC 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:

On November 11, 2020, about 0950 Pacific standard time, a Bellanca 7GCBC, N57517 sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Fallbrook, California. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that during the initial climb, between 400 and 600 ft above ground level, the engine started to sputter, and the airplane began to lose lift. The pilot declared an emergency and executed a forced landing back to the runway. During the landing roll, the airplane veered off the runway and came to rest at the base of an embankment.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bellanca 
Registration: N57517
Model/Series: 7GCBC 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNFG,78 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fallbrook, CA 
Destination: Fallbrook, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.355782,-117.25139 (est)

A small plane that was experiencing mechanical issues went off the runway at Fallbrook Airpark November 11th, according to North County Fire Capt. John Choi. 

A small single-engine plane crashed near the Fallbrook Airpark Wednesday morning, November 11th, leaving the pilot with injuries.

The crash was reported at 9:51 a.m. near the airpark along South Mission Road, according to North County Fire Capt. John Choi.

The plane was having mechanical issues and came down for an emergency landing but ran out of runway space and went into an open field, according to information from Choi.

The plane did not catch fire, and the single occupant was taken to Palomar Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A pilot suffered minor injuries Wednesday after a small plane landed hard at Fallbrook Airpark and skidded off a runway.

The incident involving a small aircraft was reported just before 9:55 a.m. at the Fallbrook Airpark on 2155 Air Park Rd., authorities said.

According to a North County Fire Protection District official, the plane was in the air when it experienced mechanical problems. 

The pilot landed at the airport, but the plane skidded 50-70 feet off the end of the runway and came to rest in a dirt area.

The plane did not catch fire, the department said.

The department said the pilot, who was the only person on board, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Palomar Medical Center for treatment.

ABC 10News learned the FAA will investigate the incident.

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