Friday, February 05, 2021

Cessna 150F, N8107S: Accident occurred February 04, 2021 near Flabob Airport (KRIR), Jurupa Valley, 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: Riverside, CA
Accident Number: WPR21LA104
Date & Time: February 4, 2021, 12:40 Local 
Registration: N8107S
Aircraft: Cessna 150 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Banner tow

On February 09, 2021, about 1240 pacific standard time, a Cessna 150F airplane, N8107S, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Riverside, California. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 banner towing flight.

According to the pilot, after releasing the airplane’s banner about midfield, she applied full power to go-around, made left traffic, and climbed 1,800 ft above ground level (AGL) which was the traffic pattern altitude (TPA). The pilot set-up for an approach to runway 06, but on short final elected to go around, “due to extreme windshear I was experiencing.”

The pilot applied full power, turned off the carburetor heat, retracted the flaps to 0° and attempted a climb to TPA. The pilot reported that during the climbing left turn to crosswind, the engine sputtered and a loss of “about 40 percent thrust.” The pilot completed the engine failure checklist, but the engine continued to sputter. The pilot continued the left turn from crosswind and established an approach to perform a forced landing on runway 24. However, the airplane encountered a gusting tailwind, and the airspeed was too fast to safely land on runway 24.

The pilot aborted the landing on runway 24 and established a climb with what she estimated to be “about 40-percent” of the engine’s available power. She recalled that her intent was to continue the climb and make a 270° right turn and land on runway 06. The airplane’s engine subsequently lost total power on the approach to runway 06 and the propeller stopped spinning. The pilot attempted two aerial engine restarts to no avail. The airplane was about 300 ft AGL when the pilot spotted a highway which appeared to have no ground vehicle traffic, “and I attempted a normal landing.” The airplane subsequently collided with a tree and terrain. The airplane’s nose landing gear collapsed immediately after contacting the ground. The right wing impacted two parked cars located on the right side of the road, and the airplane skidded about 500 ft to a stop.

Figure 1: View of the substantial damage to both wings and the vertical stabilizer (Courtesy of FAA)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N8107S
Model/Series: 150 F 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
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: KRAL,819 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2600 ft AGL
Visibility: 8 miles
Altimeter Setting: 3000 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Riverside, CA 
Destination: Riverside, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.988833,-117.40983 (est)

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