Friday, August 27, 2021

Cessna 150D, N4375U: Accident occurred August 25, 2021 near Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino 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: Chino, California
Accident Number: WPR21LA329
Date and Time: August 25, 2021, 09:45 Local 
Registration: N4375U
Aircraft: Cessna 150D 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 25, 2021 at 0945 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 150D, N4375U, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Ontario, California. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that prior to departure she added 16 gallons of fuel, which brought the total fuel onboard to 28 gallons. The pilot maneuvered in the local area until about for about 2 hours and 45 minutes before returning back to the airport. On the descent to 2,500 feet mean sea level (msl), the engine began to surge and in response the pilot added carburetor heat. The engine sounded normal for about 3 to 4 minutes and then began to surge again. As the airplane approached the airport the pilot noticed that the engine experienced a partial loss of power and was running around 1,000-1,200 rpm. The pilot attempted to troubleshoot the loss of power by verifying the mixture was rich, the fuel selector was positioned to “BOTH,” and the and the magnetos were both selected.

The pilot further stated that despite her attempts, the airplane could not sustain level altitude and she selected an area to perform an off-airport landing. About 20 seconds prior to touchdown the engine experienced a total loss of power and the airplane collided with a fence. As a result of the impact, the airplane sustained damage to the wings.

The Federal Aviation Administration inspector stated that he arrived at the accident site that afternoon. He stated that the fuel tanks were intact and he only observed a small drip from the left fuel vent. The owner stated that he recovered the airplane. During the recovery, there was about 3.5 to 4 gallons drained from the left wing and about 0.5 gallons from the right wing. He added that the carburetor bowl and gascolator both contained fuel. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N4375U
Model/Series: 150D 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KCNO,650 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 20000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Chino, CA (KCNO) 
Destination: Chino, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.994387,-117.58998 (est)

The pilot of a Cessna 150D suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning after she forced her single-engine plane onto a vacated dairy property in Ontario after experiencing engine trouble while trying to land at Chino Airport, Ontario Police said.

The pilot’s name, age and city of residence was not released, but she was taken to a hospital for treatment, said Ontario Police Officer Sequoia Payton.

“We don’t know yet where she was coming from because we have not yet been able to get a statement from her,” the officer said. “It was determined it was a forced landing due to engine trouble, but we are not sure what engine trouble she was having or experiencing.”

Ontario Police received calls from witnesses around 9:46 a.m. about a small plane that had landed in the dairy property off Ontario Ranch Road and Broadway Avenue, just east of Archibald Avenue.

Officers spotted the plane rested against a metal fence with its left wing tipped onto the dirt.

“She was coming southbound over the houses,” Officer Payton said. “She was really low. We know that she went under the hanging electrical wires and missed the power poles. So, it was really good flying for her.”

The dairy owner told Ontario Police officers the cows had been moved off the property just two weeks ago.

The National Transportation Safety Board will work with the Ontario Police Department on the investigation, Officer Payton said.

1 comment:

  1. as to "We know that she went under the hanging electrical wires and missed the power poles. So, it was really good flying for her" ...
    great forward control with prop not turning, a dead stick with flaps, thus the landing was when gravity won out....