Saturday, November 28, 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:

Vlok Aviation LLC

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)


  1. How does one recover a aircraft from the Sequoia National Forest?
    Burnt Corral Meadows
    Coordinates: 36.2238315°N, -118.4984217°W
    Approx. Elevation: 6,165 feet (1,879 meters)
    USGS Topo Map Quad: Hockett Peak
    Feature Type: Flat
    Burnt Corral Meadows Permission-To-Land Request and Release of Liability
    Burnt Corral Meadows is a private airstrip for fly-in use ONLY in accompaniment with a member pilot. IF YOU ARE A GUEST ACCOMPANYING ONE OF THE MEMBER PILOTS, YOU MUST READ AND SUBMIT THIS FORM TO LAND AT THE AIRSTRIP:

  2. Any helicopter service that does construction lifts can ferry it out. Won't be cheap. Probably ought to consider the recovery aspects before landing in remote areas.