Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Beech D17S Staggerwing, N1196V: Accident occurred September 20, 2021 at Gillespie Field Airport (KSEE), El Cajon, San Diego 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; San Diego, California

Location: San Diego / El Cajon, CA
Accident Number: WPR21LA349
Date & Time: September 20, 2021, 17:53 Local
Registration: N1196V
Aircraft: Beech D17S
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N1196V
Model/Series: D17S 
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: KSEE,387 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:47 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Porterville, CA (PTV)
Destination: San Diego / El Cajon, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.826222,-116.97244 (est)


  1. Those freak wind gusts can make landing very.....interesting.

  2. It breaks my heart to see these beautiful classic aircraft damaged or destroyed. They are getting more and more rare these days. Now-a-days everyone wants a Cirrus.....Malibu.....Gulf Stream.....whatever? I'll tell you the truth, none of those "new" airplanes get my pulse racing like this beautiful D-17 did when it landed at the airport where I work, on it's way to Reno for the air races, just a few days before it's demise. I sure hope the owner is willing and able to fix the old girl and keep flying. It'd be a shame to keep other aviation lovers from the pure joy of hearing her round engine throbbing as she lumbers into the air.
    (tried to upload a picture, but this platform won't accept it....sorry)