Monday, March 08, 2021

Pitts 12-EH, N54LM: Accident occurred March 07, 2021 at Red Bluff Municipal Airport (KRBL), Tehama 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; Sacramento, California 

Location: Red Bluff, CA
Accident Number: WPR21LA125
Date & Time: March 7, 2021, 18:00 Local
Registration: N54LM
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PHILLIP B ROLLS 
Registration: N54LM
Model/Series: PITTS 12-EH 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
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Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.153294,-122.25291 

RED BLUFF, California — A pilot walked away from a small plane crash at the Red Bluff Municipal Airport Sunday evening.

The plane crash-landed and overturned around 6 p.m., according to the Red Bluff Police Department.

When first responders arrived, the pilot was standing outside of the overturned plane, uninjured.

As authorities explained, a rough landing turned into a close call for the pilot.

The aircraft's left wheel touched down first onto the runway, which caused the aircraft to bounce and the pilot to lose control and the plane's left wing to hit the ground," the Red Bluff Police Department said in a statement. "The plane then flipped onto its top where it came to a stop in the middle of the runway.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Red Bluff Police Department, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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