Friday, August 19, 2022

Butterfly Banty, N995GS: Accident occurred August 18, 2022 at Camarillo Airport (KCMA), Ventura County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances and came to rest on top of hangar.  

Date: 18-AUG-22
Time: 20:40:00Z
Regis#: N995GS
Aircraft Model: BANTY
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

CAMARILLO — A pilot was critically injured in a experimental amateur-built aircraft crash at the Camarillo Airport Thursday afternoon.

Ventura County Fire and Sheriff's personnel, along with ambulance crews, responded around 1:45 p.m. 

The aircraft crashed into a structure at the edge of the airfield, said Andy VanSciver, a spokesman for the fire department.

Firefighters extricated the pilot from the wreckage. He was flown by the county's Copter 6 to Ventura County Medical Center in critical condition.

Dave Nafie, deputy director of the Ventura County Airports Department, said the aircraft "failed to fly as intended" and landed on top of some ultralight hangars.

The crash didn't affect airport operations, he said, and there was no interruption in flight activity.

At the scene, the mangled aircraft could be seen suspended upside-down atop the row of small hangars in the 900 block of Aviation Drive, at the west end of the airport, while emergency personnel worked nearby. The craft's yellow wings drooped toward the ground.

Sheriff's Capt. Trina Newman confirmed the pilot was male, but no other details were immediately available about the pilot or the circumstances of the crash.

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