Friday, November 13, 2020

Van's RV-12, N975G: Incident occurred November 06, 2020 at Byron Airport (C83), Contra Costa County, California

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

Aircraft departed and engine failed, returned and landed hard. 

Date: 06-NOV-20
Time: 20:05:00Z
Regis#: N975G
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

A pilot and its passenger escaped with minor injuries after a plane crash that occurred on November 6th at approximately 12:25 pm.

According to preliminary information, there was a report of an airplane crash at the Byron Airport with a plane on fire. However, after a pilot made an emergency landing, there was only smoke and no fire.

According to the county, the aircraft, which is based at the Byron Airport, had just departed Runway 23 and lost engine power. The pilot attempted to circle back and land in the opposite direction on Runway 5. However, due to high winds the aircraft veered off the runway and sustained damage to the landing gear. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

Airport Operations staff responded to the scene and also requested East County Fire and medical response to the accident. East County Fire was canceled once Airport Operations arrived on scene and determined they were not needed. However, medical responders continued to the scene to confirm the pilot and passenger were ok.

The active runway was closed for several hours waiting for FAA/NTSB clearance and the ultimate removal of the aircraft.


  1. directional control and braking are are issues landing with the wind ...
    "The pilot attempted to circle back and land in the opposite direction on Runway 5."

    1. If you're fortunate enough to have the altitude to return to the field after an engine failure on departure, you're going to land at the departure end of the runway you took off from.

      The wind was 250 at at 16 kt gusting 21 kt. The pilot did a good job, there were no injuries and the damage to the aircraft looks repairable from the one picture shown. He should be congratulated.