Monday, July 11, 2022

Mooney M20C Ranger, N6416U: Accident occurred July 10, 2022 near Oxnard Airport (KOXR), Ventura 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. 

 Investigator In Charge (IIC): Simpson, Eliott

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Location: Oxnard, California 
Accident Number: WPR22LA243
Date and Time: July 10, 2022, 14:25 Local
Registration: N6416U
Aircraft: Mooney M20C
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N6416U
Model/Series: M20C 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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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:  34.200673,-119.19487 

Aircraft experienced engine issues.  

Date: 10-JUL-22
Time: 21:25:00Z
Regis#: N6416U
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

OXNARD, California (KABC) -- A small airplane crashed into a fence just outside Oxnard Airport Sunday afternoon, leaving the pilot with only minor injuries.

The Mooney M20C Ranger apparently lost power and made an emergency landing, crashing into fencing outside the airport just after 2 p.m. in the area of Ventura Road and 5th Street.

Images from the scene show the aircraft mostly intact, with damage to the nose and wings. The fencing was damaged as well.

Police closed Ventura Road in both directions between Second and Fifth streets while responding to the crash.

The pilot was the only occupant and was transported to a local hospital with just minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

The pilot of a single-engine plane attempting to land at Oxnard Airport crashed into a fence along South Ventura Road on Sunday afternoon.

The 2:15 p.m. accident caused minor injuries to the pilot, the sole occupant of the Mooney M20C Ranger, and a fuel leak but no fire, said Stephen McNaughten, an Oxnard fire battalion chief. The road along the airstrip was clear of vehicles and people at the time of the crash landing, he said.

"Luckily, it was kind of like a minor traffic collision," McNaughten said. "It could have been a lot worse."

McNaughten said he expected Ventura Road between west 2nd and 5th streets would remained closed to traffic until 4 p.m., following the fuel cleanup and removal of the plane. 

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