Monday, January 11, 2016

Sonex Onex, N1950J: Accident occurred January 10, 2016 at Fresno Chandler Executive Airport (KFCH), Fresno County, California

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA050
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 10, 2016 in Fresno, CA
Aircraft: MOORE ONEX, registration: N1950J
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 January 10, 2016, about 1130 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur built, Moore Onex, N1950J, reported a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from the Fresno Chandler Executive Airport (FCH), Fresno, California. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the forced landing. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot was the sole person on board and was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight.

A witness located near the runway, reported that shortly after takeoff, the accident airplane lost engine power and began to descend rapidly and the left wing impacted terrain.

The airplane was secured and recovered to a local storage facility for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fresno FSDO-17

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A pilot is recovering after crashing his experimental plane at Chandler Airport in southwest Fresno.

The crash happened just before noon Sunday.

Witnesses told police the man was taking off and only made it into the air for a short time before slamming into the runway.

First-responders had to remove the pilot from the cockpit before he was taken to the hospital.

Police say the man in his 70's lives in the Tollhouse area, but his name has not been released.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause.

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A pilot was injured Sunday morning when he was forced to make an emergency landing due to engine failure at Fresno’s Chandler Airport.

The experimental aircraft crashed around 11:30 a.m. in what police call a “hard landing.”

The unidentified pilot was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, but the extent of his injuries was not disclosed.


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