Sunday, April 18, 2021

Cessna 152, N6306P: Accident occurred April 19, 2020 near Corona Municipal Airport (KAJO), Riverside 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; Riverside, California

Location: Corona, CA 
Accident Number: WPR20LA126
Date & Time: April 19, 2020, 10:40 Local
Registration: N6306P
Aircraft: Cessna 152 
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted
Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 19, 2020, about 1040 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 152 airplane N6306P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Corona, California. The private pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The passenger reported that he was managing ForeFlight on his iPad while the pilot was flying the airplane. The pilot started and taxied uneventfully; a runup was conducted and no anomalies were noted. The pilot departed and completed one circuit in the pattern and a touch and go. Shortly after, while turning onto the crosswind leg of the traffic pattern, the pilot stated, "oh we are going down". The passenger looked up confused and within about 10 seconds they impacted something and came to rest upside down on a roadway. Due to noise cancelling headphones, he did not hear the engine quit, nor did he hear it make any abnormal noise.

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N6306P
Model/Series: 152 
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: AJO,533 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4200 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Corona, CA (AJO)
Destination: Riverside, CA (RIR)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.891944,-117.601387 (est)

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