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Jabiru J230-SP, N733J: Accident occurred June 05, 2021 at Oceano County Airport (L52), San Luis Obispo 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 Jose, California

Location: Oceano, California
Accident Number: WPR21LA282
Date and Time: June 5, 2021, 15:55 Local 
Registration: N733J
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 05, 2021, about 1555 Pacific daylight time, a Jabiru J230-SP, N733J, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Oceano, California. The pilot and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that after a local flight, he entered the airport traffic pattern and made an approach to runway 29. The approach was too fast, and he aborted the landing. During the climb on the upwind leg of the airport traffic pattern, the engine began to sputter, and a partial loss of engine power ensued. He checked the fuel selector position, which indicated “Both” and the fuel pump was in the “On” position. He verified that the engine throttle control was full forward, that the mixture was rich, and that the carburetor heat was off.

The airplane continued to climb, at reduced power, to traffic pattern altitude. The pilot then initiated an approach and deployed full flaps but maintained a rich mixture and full throttle. Once confident that the airplane would reach the runway, he retarded the throttle to idle and initiated a landing. The airplane touched down fast, veered left, exited the left side of the runway and nosed over. The airplane came to rest in the safety area on the left side of runway 29.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N733J
Model/Series: J230-SP 
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: KL52
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 4 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Santa Maria, CA (SMX)
Destination: Oceano, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.101529,-120.62231 (est)

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