Monday, April 04, 2022

Sonerai IIL, N333BM: Accident occurred April 03, 2022 at Jean Airport (0L7), Clark County, Nevada

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; Las Vegas, Nevada

Location: Jean, Nevada
Accident Number: WPR22LA142
Date and Time: April 3, 2022, 13:10 Local 
Registration: N333BM
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 03, 2022, at 1310 Pacific daylight time, a Soneria IIL, N333BM, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Jean, Nevada. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he departed from Kingman, Arizona with the intention of landing at his home airport in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to the flight, he added 3.8 gallons of fuel, but did not know the total amount of fuel on board at the time of departure. While en route, the pilot opted to divert to Jean, Nevada because of the gusty wind conditions in Kingman. During the flight, he noted that there were strong headwinds but thought he had adequate fuel onboard. When arriving in the proximately of Jean, the pilot made a low pass over the airport in an effort to evaluate the wind conditions. While maneuvering to land on runway 20, the engine experienced a loss of power. The pilot was unable to maintain level altitude and collided with the desert terrain about 0.5 miles north of the approach end of the runway.

The aircraft was retained pending further examination and research.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BARBER ROBERT L
Registration: N333BM
Model/Series: SONERAI II L 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KHND,2458 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 340°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Kingman, AZ (KIMG)
Destination: Jean, NV

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.782002,-115.32004 (est)

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances short of the runway.  

Date: 03-APR-22
Time: 20:20:00Z
Regis#: N333BM
Aircraft Make: SONERAI
Aircraft Model: II
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: JEAN

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