Saturday, November 14, 2020

Cessna 152, N757PY: Accident occurred November 13, 2020 near San Bernardino International Airport (KSBD), 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; Riverside, California

Location: San Bernardino, CA
Accident Number: WPR21LA055
Date & Time: November 13, 2020, 20:04 Local
Registration: N757PY
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

On November 13, 2020, about 2004 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 152, N757PY, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near San Bernardino, California. The pilot sustained a minor injury. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that he was repositioning the airplane from Chino Airport (CNO), Chino, California, to Earnest A. Love Field (PRC), Prescott, Arizona. The pilot stated that after takeoff and during the initial climb through 6,000 ft mean sea level and about 20 nautical miles northeast of CNO, the airplane’s engine began lose power. Unable to maintain altitude, the pilot performed a forced landing about 1.5 nautical miles southwest of the approach end of runway 6 of the San Bernardino International Airport (SBD), San Bernardino, California. The airplane sustained structural damage to both wings and fuselage as a result of the impact sequence.

The airplane was recovered to a secured storage facility in Phoenix, Arizona for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N757PY
Model/Series: 152
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: NightDark
Observation Facility, Elevation: SBD,1159 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:59 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 6 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Chino, CA (CNO) 
Destination: Prescott, AZ (PRC)

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: 34.07504,-117.27141 (est)

San Bernardino County Fire

Just after 8:00pm, San Bernardino County Fire’s crash station at San Bernardino International Airport was notified by the control tower of an incoming aircraft with a declared emergency.  A pilot had announced an engine failure with intentions to land on Runway 6.

While units were responding, the control tower stated it had lost both radio and visual contact with the aircraft approximately one mile southwest of the field.

With no additional 911 calls to assist in locating the site, fire units began a hasty search of the industrial properties in the area.  San Bernardino Sheriff’s helicopter, 40-KING, was requested and ultimately located the incident in the Santa Ana riverbed near East Cooley Drive and Cooley Court.  

Firefighters hiked to the scene and located an adult male trapped in a Cessna 152 which had sustained heavy damage during the crash.  The victim was removed from the wreckage and carried out to additional personnel.

There was no post-incident fire.  

A fuel leak was mitigated before it had the chance to travel into the river.  

Conflicting reports led to a search of the area for an additional victim before confirmation was obtained that the pilot was in fact the sole occupant. 

The victim was transported to an area trauma center for treatment of potentially life threatening injuries. No additional injuries were reported to firefighters or civilians.

SBCoFD responded with five engines, one truck company, an ARFF crash rig, one water tender, a HazMat team, and two chief officers totaling 31 personnel. 

The scene has been turned over to San Bernardino City Police Department with notifications to the FAA and NTSB. 

San Bernardino County Fire
Date/Time: November 13, 2020 8:02pm
Location: Santa Ana River near Cooley Ct, San Bernardino
Incident: Off-Airport Aircraft Crash Incident#: 20-259829

SAN BERNARDINO, California (KABC) -- A small plane crashed in San Bernardino Friday night, leaving at least one person injured.

The crash was reported sometime around 8 p.m., but responding firefighters did not find any fire once they found the wreckage in a wash behind some buildings on the 800 block of E. Cooley Avenue.

The small aircraft was found a few miles from San Bernardino International Airport, but officials did not specify whether it was attempting to land there or if it had just taken off.

One person was pulled from the plane with a head injury and was taken to nearby Loma Linda Hospital. Additional details about his condition were not immediately available. It's unclear if anybody else was on board the aircraft when it crashed.

SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — A small plane crashed just south of the San Bernardino International Airport Friday night.

According to preliminary reports from the scene, the pilot of the plane was alive and conscious and told authorities a second person was onboard, though authorities later said it appeared that the pilot was, in fact, the only one aboard.

The pilot reported to the airport that he was having some sort of mechanical issue, before losing contact with air traffic controllers, according to preliminary reports.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.



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  2. "The human body is far less resistant to vertical accelerations than it is to horizontal accelerations. Although most aircraft accidents result in higher horizontal than vertical loads, there is also much more crushing structure between the occupant and the point of impact in the horizontal direction than there is in the vertical direction. This means that although simple restraint systems are acceptable for horizontal accelerations, the lack of attenuating structure makes some type of energy-absorbing system necessary in the vertical plane." @ Crashworthiness Information for Small Airplanes

    1. Are you saying the 152 was not designed properly?

  3. Lindee Juette I watched it on live rescue, the pilot looked good, praying for him. Glad no one else was with him.

  4. Here is a link to the live rescue video.