Monday, December 14, 2015

Mooney M20E, N5863Q: Accident occurred December 14, 2015 near Corona Municipal Airport (KAJO), Riverside County, California

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA039 

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, December 14, 2015 in Corona, CA
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N5863Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 14, 2015, about 1341 Pacific standard time, a Mooney M20E, N5863Q, experienced a partial loss of engine power during takeoff from the Corona Municipal Airport (AJO), Corona, California. The pilot (sole occupant) was uninjured and the airplane sustained substantial damage throughout. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was destined for the Chino Airport (CNO), Chino, California. 

The pilot reported that this was the airplane's first flight after a new paint application. The pilot conducted a run-up with no abnormal indications. He started the takeoff roll and about halfway down the runway the airplane lifted off at 65 MPH. The pilot kept the initial climb shallow so the airplane could gain speed and altitude; however, it was not climbing. While quickly approaching the trees at the end of the runway, the pilot observed that the RPM was lower than normal despite full power and mixture. He leveled the airplane and flew towards a low spot in trees; the airplane's wing impacted a tree and it descended rapidly into the terrain below. 

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Riverside FSDO-21

A Riverside Police Department helicopter located the crashed plane in the brush near Corona Municipal Airport.

A pilot escaped injury December 14, when his plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Corona Municipal Airport, the Corona Fire Department said.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the plane to go down about an eighth of a mile west of the airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. 

Firefighters said the small plane, a single-engine Mooney M20E, had extensive damage.

The plane is registered to Yorba Linda resident Steve Alvarez, according to FAA records.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Alvarez was the pilot.

The Fire Department got the report of the crash at 1:42 p.m. and led the pilot out of a swampy area about 2:40 p.m., Fire Department spokeswoman Lynn Mata said.

Firefighters entered the brushy area on foot and were assisted by people in four-wheel-drive vehicles.

The Riverside Police Department's helicopter crew found the plane in the brush.

The FAA is investigating the crash, Gregor said.

Story and photo:

CORONA, CA- A single-engine plane crashed during takeoff from Corona Municipal Airport Monday, leaving the pilot largely unscathed but seriously damaging the aircraft.

Corona Fire Department spokeswoman Lynn Mata told City News Service that the mishap occurred about 1:40 p.m. on the west end of the airfield, located in the Prado Flood Control Basin, just north of Railroad Street.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the Mooney M20E could not stay airborne and went down in a brush-covered area 200 yards beyond Runway 25.

It was not clear whether the Mooney’s engine quit, Gregor said.

The pilot, whose identity was not immediately released, extricated himself from the wreckage before fire crews arrived a few minutes later. There was no post-impact fire, according to Mata. However, she said the aircraft sustained significant damage.

The plane’s tail number -- N5863Q -- shows it’s 50 years old and registered to a Yorba Linda man.


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