Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cessna 172S, N1955L and Cessna Skyhawk, N499DR: Accident occurred February 03, 2016 at Gillespie Field Airport (KSEE), El Cajon, San Diego County, California


SORBI AVIATION INC: http://registry.faa.govN1955L 

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA063A 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 03, 2016 in San Diego, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N499DR
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA063B 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 03, 2016 in San Diego, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N1955L
Injuries: 4 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 February 3, 2016, about 1130 Pacific daylight time, A Cessna 172S, N499DR, impacted a parked, occupied Cessna 172S, N1955L at the Gillespie Field Airport (SEE), San Diego/El Cajon, California. Both airplanes were occupied with one certified flight instructor (CFI) and one student pilot; no one was injured. N499DR sustained minor damage, and N1955L sustained substantial damage to the fuselage structure and rudder. Both airplanes were registered to Sorbi Aviation Inc., and were operated by the California Flight Academy as 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flights. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and neither airplane had filed a flight plan. Both airplanes were on the California Flight Academy parking ramp preparing for their local flights. 

The CFI from N499DR reported that after completing a thorough preflight they hand towed the airplane out from its north facing parking spot and turned it towards the east. They started the engine and it idled between 800-1000 RPM. While listening to the airport's automatic terminal information service (ATIS) the airplane started to move with a right turning tendency. The CFI stated he did not notice it at first, but when he did, he stepped on the brakes; however, the airplane increased its right turn and struck a parked, occupied, airplane (N1955L).

The CFI of N1955L reported that the student pilot and he were preparing for their flight, with the airplane's engine off, when they suddenly felt a jolt and heard the sound of metal on metal. They turned in their seats and observed that another airplane (N499DR) had struck the aft fuselage of their airplane. 

N499DR has been moved to a secure location for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Diego FSDO-09

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