Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Beech B36TC Bonanza, N113TM: Accident occurred February 08, 2016 near Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA), Santa Barbara County, California

http://registry.faa.gov/N113TM

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA066
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 08, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA
Aircraft: BEECH B36TC, registration: N113TM
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 February 8, 2016, about 1741 Pacific standard time, a Beechcraft B36TC airplane, N113TM, completed a forced landing near Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), Santa Barbara, California, following a total loss of power during takeoff. The airline transport pilot, and sole occupant, was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. The airplane was owned and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed SBA at 1740. The airplane was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported that he planned to fly to 7,000 feet to verify the turbo charger was functioning normally as it had been recently serviced for a minor power issue. After an uneventful preflight inspection and engine run-up, the pilot departed runway 25. During his takeoff roll, the pilot noted the engine tachometer and manifold pressure instruments displayed normal readings and the engine tone was continuous. When the airplane reached 300 feet mean sea level the engine lost power. After the pilot executed a tight left turn to return to the airport, he switched fuel tanks and cycled the "low" and "high" modes of the fuel boost pump, but was unsuccessful in restoring power to the engine. An air traffic controller approved the pilot to land on taxiway A, but the pilot changed his mind and decided to land in a nearby field. He leveled the wings and extended flaps and moments later the airplane impacted a slough about one half mile southeast of the departure end of runway 25. The pilot disengaged the magnetos, battery, and alternator before he evacuated the airplane.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Van Nuys FSDO-01





SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The pilot of a private plane said he was "not gonna make it" when he was cleared to return to the Santa Barbara Airport moments after take off during an engine failure.

The audio transmissions between the tower and the pilot were brief, direct and set off a full response by the airport patrol and fire units. 

The plane landed hard just short of the runway in a slough at 5:40 p.m.  It is an area near the UC Santa Barbara Police headquarters and facilities for the Goleta West Sanitary District.

The aircraft is a Beech Bonanza single engine plane.  Airport officials have not released the pilots name.  Records on the plan show  a name of Donald D. Johnson from Minden, Nevada.

It is not known where the plane was headed.

The emergency radio communications began as the plane lost power when it  was climbing and turning to the left at 300 feet.  "Plane's coming back," was a message sent back to the tower on the radio.  The air traffic controller is heard with a quick response to advise the area was clear saying "you can land on the taxi way sir if you need."

About 30 seconds later, with the plane down,  the pilot says, "I'm OK."   In a relieved voice the controller says, "Thank God."

The plane did not break up upon landing, and there was no known environmental damage to the slough.    It landed in an area that had been part of a plant and native vegetation restoration.   At times, during certain tidal conditions, the water level in the slough is much higher than what it was Monday evening.

Santa Barbara City Fire Station 8 is based at the airport and sent two engines to the scene.  

An AMR ambulance took the pilot to Cottage Hospital after he climbed from the plane on his own.  He reportedly had back pains.

The runway was closed briefly.  It was checked for any obstructions or debris and declared clear not long after the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board is working with the Federal Aviation Administration on the investigation.  They will determine what caused the engine failure and if all proper procedures were followed.

A report is expected in 180 days.

Story and photo:  http://www.keyt.com



After his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza lost power Monday evening mid-takeoff from the Santa Barbara Airport, an experienced male pilot from Goleta made an emergency landing near the Goleta Slough basin. Landing 60 feet south of the airport’s westbound Taxiway A and east of Taxiway N, the six-seater aircraft came to rest on land with its nose facing the Santa Ynez Mountains.

The pilot, who prefers to remain anonymous, glided onto a brush-covered area at the edge of the slough at about 5:41 p.m. and walked away from the plane with minor lower-back pain, Airport Operations Manager Tracy Lincoln told reporters at a Tuesday morning press conference. The pilot was taken to Cottage Hospital. He was the plane’s sole occupant. According to Lincoln, the plane experienced “complete power loss” at 300 feet above the airport’s westbound Runway 25.

Before landing, the pilot made one quick radio call to aircraft controllers, saying he would not make it to the taxiway where they recommended he land, said Lincoln. First on scene was an Airport Patrol officer, who notified the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) at about 6:02 p.m. The airfield closed immediately after the accident, but was reopened at 6:14 p.m. without any flight delays. The Bonanza was secured for the evening, said Lincoln, and by 10:00 a.m. Tuesday city firefighters and workers from Big Red Crane Company had arrived on scene to move the plane from the slough’s habitat restoration area.

He “pretty much nailed the only spot he’d be dry,” said City Airport Planner Andrew Bermond at the press conference. After the pilot’s safety, fuel — none of which has been found as the engine remained intact — was Bermond’s next concern. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the crash, deemed an accident due to the engine failure.


Story and photo: http://www.independent.com



The Santa Barbara Airport is reporting that approximately 5:41pm tonight a single engine Beechcraft Bonanza, N113TM took off from runway 25 and experienced engine failure at 300 feet above the runway. 

The pilot landed the plane in the Goleta Slough basin, experienced minor injuries and was transported to Cottage Hospital.

Tracy Lincoln, Airport Operations Manager was on the scene immediately, along with Airport Patrol and other Operation Specialists. At 6:14pm the Airport was reopened with no flight delays occurring.

Tomorrow at 9am there will be a press conference at the Santa Barbara Airport.

Article and comments:  https://www.edhat.com




The pilot of a small plane was injured Monday when the plane's engine failed while departing Santa Barbara Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration confirms.

The FAA reports preliminary information shows a Beechcraft BE36 lost power after departing from Santa Barbara. The pilot returned to the airport but landed in a slough just outside the airport.

The pilot -- the only person on board -- suffered a back injury, according to the FAA. The aircraft was described as "substantially damaged."

The plane's tail number is reported to be N113TM. According to the FAA's plane registry, the aircraft is registered to Donald D. Johnson of Minden, Nevada. It is not clear if that man was the pilot involved in Monday's crash.

The FAA will investigate what caused the engine failure.


A short statement from the airport posted to Twitter said the airport remains open.


Source:  http://www.ksby.com


A single-engine plane crashed into the Goleta Slough Monday evening after it lost power during takeoff.

A Beechcraft Bonanza N113TM plane was taking off from the main runway and the engine quit at 300 feet, Santa Barbara Airport spokeswoman Lynn Houston said.

The pilot crash-landed southwest of the runway in the slough around 5:40 p.m. and was later transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with minor injuries and complaints of bruises, she said. 

"Gratefully no one is dead," she said. 

Santa Barbara City Fire Battalion Chief Jim McCoy said the plane had major damage after the crash.

The pilot was looking for a place to land after he lost power and the freeway area looked too crowded, which resulted in the slough landing, McCoy said.

Santa Barbara Airport reopened as of 6:14 p.m. and had all runways open after the incident. 

Airport Operations Manager Tracy Lincoln responded to the scene along with Airport Patrol and other operation specialists, according to the airport. 

Story and photo: http://www.noozhawk.com 


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Emergency crews responded to a a small plane crash on the southwest end of the Santa Barbara airport Monday afternoon.


The crash was reported at about 5:40 p.m. The non-commercial plane crashed in a slough area at the airport.

Rescuers say the pilot was the only one on board. He managed to get out of the wreckage on his own, but when he complained of back pain he was taken to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.

A Santa Barbara Airport spokesperson said that the plane's relatively new engine failed at 300 feet after takeoff. The pilot glided the plane into the slough that connects to Goleta Beach.

The runway was closed briefly to allow emergency vehicles to safely maneuver to the crash site.

Airport operations manager Tracy Lincoln said not fuel was spilled. He credits the pilot for knowing what to do in an emergency.

The identity of the pilot has not been released and the wreckage has not yet been removed.

The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the incident.

Story and video:  http://www.keyt.com

A small plane crashed Monday evening at Santa Barbara Airport when its single engine failed shortly after takeoff.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene at 5:41 p.m., and the pilot was brought to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with only “bumps and bruises,” according to Lynn Houston, the airport’s marketing director. The male pilot was the only person in the plane and has not yet been identified.

Houston said the plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, landed and slid into a slough area of the airport.

The Santa Barbara Police Department said officers also responded to the scene, but there was no fire and no injuries. The airport closed briefly and reopened at 6:14 p.m. No flights were delayed.

Story:  http://dailynexus.com

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