Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Beechcraft 77 Skipper, N18244: Accident occurred June 07, 2022 near Hemet-Ryan Airport (KHMT), 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Location: Hemet, California
Accident Number: WPR22FA198
Date and Time: June 7, 2022, 09:30 Local
Registration: N18244
Aircraft: Beech 77 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On June 07, 2022, about 0930 Pacific daylight time, a Beech 77 Skipper, N18244, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Hemet, California. The student pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

According to the student pilot's flight instructor, the pilot was authorized to depart Redlands Municipal Airport (REI), Redlands, California and fly about 22 NM south to Hemet-Ryan Airport (HMT), Hemet. The accident flight was the pilot’s second solo cross-country flight from REI to HMT. A witness that was operating in the HMT traffic pattern reported that he had just departed runway 23 and was making left traffic. The witness was on the upwind leg of the pattern when he heard the accident pilot make a radio call over the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) that stated, “Right downwind for 23, I have no power.” The witness continued to the downwind leg and saw the accident airplane about midfield, over the runway and descending through about 150 ft above ground level (agl). The witness observed the accident airplane flying at an airspeed that he identified as a faster than normal approach speed, as the airplane passed over the departure end of runway 23 about 100 ft AGL. The witness lost sight of the airplane, and shortly after observed a plume of smoke.

According to a second witness that was monitoring the CTAF during their employment shift, reported that the accident airplane made two touch and go landings, and aborted the third landing on runway 23. According to the witness, the airplane did not touch down on the runway and remained about 30 ft agl. Shortly after, a distress call was transmitted over the CTAF stating, "I am declaring an emergency, loss of power." The witness recalled that the airplane made a left turn and touched down on the soft dirt surface of a plowed vegetation field. Ground markings in the dirt surface revealed that the airplane bounced twice during the landing roll. The total ground roll distance was about 665 ft and veer right, prior to the airplane crossing a residential roadway. The airplane then collided with a retaining wall located on the east side of the road. The airplane's engine, cabin, left wing root, and the right wing breached the cinder block retaining wall and sustained thermal damage. The aft fuselage and the empennage did not breach the wall and did not sustain thermal damage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N18244
Model/Series: 77 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KHMT,1512 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Redlands, CA (REI) 
Destination: Hemet, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 33.715531,-117.03241 

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a backyard of a residence. 

Date: 07-JUN-22
Time: 16:40:00Z
Regis#: N18244
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 77
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

A small plane crashed in the backyard of a home in Hemet on Tuesday morning, June 7, seriously injuring the pilot and just barely missing the house.

The crash was reported at about 9:30 a.m. along Warren Road, near Mustang Way, Hemet police said in a news release.

The pilot, the sole occupant of the craft, was rushed to a hospital, authorities said. He was listed in critical condition as of Tuesday evening, police said.

No other injuries were reported.

The plane apparently slammed into a brick wall and landed in the backyard, stopping just short of the house, as seen in footage captured by RMG News.

It was fully engulfed in flames, but the fire was quickly extinguished after firefighters arrived, police said. One of the house’s windows was shattered in the crash.

Hemet resident Michael Deardorff said he was on his way to Target with his wife when he saw the plane go down.

“I could see as soon as it touched the ground all the dust and everything flew up like it was coming in too hot,” Deardorff said. “And then all of a sudden it was just an explosion and flames galore.”

He said he called 911 and drove back to alert crews of two fire engines they had passed on their way to Target.

“When we looked up, it looked to us like the plane had just left (Hemet-Ryan Airport) heading west and then it made a hard turn heading south and then it started getting lower and lower,” Deardorff said. “All of a sudden it started getting almost to the ground.”

The crash occurred moments later, he said.

The plane that crashed was a single-engine Beech Model 77, according to National Transportation Safety Board officials. The agency will look into what might have caused the crash, and an NTSB investigator was on their way to Hemet as of Tuesday evening. Additional information was not immediately released.

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