Monday, August 02, 2021

Cessna 150F, N8520G: Fatal accident occurred July 30, 2021 near Banning Municipal Airport (KBNG), 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 traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California
Textron; Wichita, Kansas
Location: Banning, CA 
Accident Number: WPR21FA298
Date & Time: July 30, 2021, 09:24 Local 
Registration: N8520G
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 30, 2021, about 0924, a Cessna 150 airplane, N8520G, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Banning, California. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A witness, located at the Banning Airport (BNG), reported hearing the airplane in the traffic pattern practicing touch-and-go landings. Multiple witnesses reported that they observed the airplane in a descending turn, however, none of the witness observed the airplane impact terrain.

The airplane came to rest in a rock covered open field, on a heading of about 020° magnetic, at an elevation of 2,253 feet mean sea level. A path of disturbed rocks and debris extend away from the wreckage about 75 feet, on a bearing of 014°. The first identified point of impact was a large rock with trace amounts of aircraft paint deposits. All major components of the airplane were located within the main wreckage area. A post impact fire thermally damaged the fuselage and wings.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N8520G
Model/Series: 150F 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KPSP,409 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 37°C /11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 33.929377,-116.85328 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.


  1. Wreckage suggests a vertical dive into terrain? Not to much left at all. Flightaware tracking shows some interesting turns, some pretty abrupt.
    Couldn’t locate pilot info based on exact name given. Plenty of Howells flying, none with his middle initial.
    Rip to the victims. Condolences to the families.

    1. Not vertical. Landing among piled obstructions?
      "..disturbed rocks and debris extend away from the wreckage about 75 feet"

  2. Crashed east of Hathaway Street. Looks like in a high hillside, but it is actually just among piles of material. Flew a long time, may be another fuel exhaustion crash.

    Looks windy @1:33 in this news video:

    Approximate location:

    Street view of material piles:


    Adsbexchange (not as far tracked as the FA track):

    1. Better location video, see 1:41 time:

      Improved map pin location:

    2. ur pin is 2,500 ft due N midpoint rwy 8/26.

  3. They describe a quick sudden dive... maybe a control cable failure? This is certainly a nightmare for any pilot.

  4. Maybe for you, when my control cables fail, I just trim the nose up flies just fine. (Little sarcasm, cables usually don’t break, airplanes do stall and spin quite often) Johny Bob Musgrave

  5. Aircraft had been based at Gillespie Field (KSEE) and recently sold. Previous owner was J. Howell. He was not onboard during the crash.


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