NTSB Identification: WPR16LA074
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 22, 2016 in Pacoima, CA
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N201KY
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 February 22, 2016, at 1334 Pacific standard time (PST), a Mooney M20J, N201KY, experienced a loss of engine power after takeoff and made a forced landing onto a city street near Whiteman Airport (WHP), Pacoima, California. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence. The local personal flight departed Pacoima about 1330. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.
The pilot reported that after takeoff the engine started to run rough, and as he was attempting to return to the airport, the engine lost power. The pilot was able to land on a city street during which time the airplane struck a moving car and numerous parked vehicles; substantially damaging both wings and the fuselage.
The accident site was documented by the Los Angeles Police Department. Inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards District office (FSDO) responded to the site and assisted in coordinating the recovery of the airplane. The wreckage was secured for further examination.
Henry Corbett, seen above in a red checked shirt, crashed this plane Feb. 22, 2016, on the streets of Pacoima near Whiteman Airport. The aircraft is owned by Corbett’s son Joshua, seen above right in court on charges that he stalked actress Sandra Bullock, below right.
Joshua J. Corbett, of Montrose, is the registered owner of the craft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s aircraft registry data base.
In June of 2014 the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed felony charges of first-degree residential burglary, stalking and possession of a machine gun after Corbett allegedly broke into Sandra Bullock’s home and stalked the Academy Award-winning actress.
He pleaded not guilty to several felony counts involving a cache of weapons allegedly discovered in his Montrose home. He’s awaiting a court hearing on April 12 while being held at Twin Towers Correctional Facility downtown in lieu of $2.2 million bail.
An FAA document shows the aircraft, a Mooney M20J with the tail number N201KY, address is registered to a U.S. Postal Service facility at 317 S 7th St., unit 1502, in Klamath Falls Ore.
The plane was being flown by Corbett’s father, Henry.
Henry Corbett was approaching Whiteman Airport on Monday afternoon when a gust of wind upset the plane, which struck several cars and crashed on San Fernando Road.
He was unhurt.
In a brief interview on Wednesday, Corbett confirmed that his son owned the plane but declined to discuss the crash because it is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety board.
The accident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
“The preliminary report is not out yet on that,” NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said. “It should be out late this week or early next week.”
Original article can be found here: http://www.dailynews.com
A small, fixed-wing plane struck several parked vehicles as it crashed Monday afternoon near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, officials said.
No one on the ground was injured, according to Margaret Stewart, spokeswoman of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The pilot was not injured and declined medical care, she said.
The Mooney M20 plane had just departed from Whiteman Airport, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. But for unknown reasons, the pilot tried to return to the airport. He was forced to land at about 1:40 p.m. on San Fernando Road.
As the plane landed, it clipped several cars, fire officials said.
The crash occurred about four miles from the airport. The intersection near San Fernando Road and Hubbard Avenue will be closed indefinitely, Stewart said.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, she said.
Original article can be found here: http://www.latimes.com
PACOIMA, Calif. (KABC) -- A single-engine plane crashed on a city street in Pacoima just south of Whiteman Airport Monday afternoon.
Although the aircraft struck several parked cars on the ground and broke in pieces, the pilot survived and did not complain of injuries, firefighters said.
The pilot of the Mooney M20 was trying to return to Whiteman shortly after takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the crash.
The pilot was the only person on board and nobody on the ground was injured, officials said.
The crash happened on San Fernando Road about a block south of the airport.
Original article can be found here: http://abc7.com
No one was injured when a plane crashed and struck multiple parked vehicles on a street outside Whiteman Airport in Pacoima on Monday, according to officials and Sky5 aerial footage.
The small fixed-wing aircraft crashed in the 10100 block of North San Fernando Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The location was near Whiteman Airport.
Reports of a crash were made to the Los Angeles Police Department around 1:30 p.m., Detective Megan Aguilar said.
Firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later and determined no one was injured.
The pilot was “very, very fortunate” to be able to maneuver to a fairly wide road, and that no pedestrians were injured, said Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department.
“This is about as best-case scenario as this type of situation could be,” she said.
The pilot's skill level was not immediately known, and he was being interviewed by Federal Aviation Administration officials, Aguilar said. He was the plane's only occupant at the time of the crash.
Sky5 reporter Tim Lynn said he heard the plane flying and believed the plane’s engine failed, forcing the pilot to try to glide into a landing.
The plane's passenger-side wing was ripped off, and at least two parked vehicles nearby had shattered windshields, Sky5 aerials showed.
Four vehicles were damaged in all, Aguilar said.
There appeared to be some fuel on the roadway, footage showed, but it was not a significant amount, Stewart said.
Investigators planned to be at the scene until around 6 p.m., and motorists were asked to avoid the area, Aguilar said.
The plane involved was a fixed-wind, single-engine Mooney aircraft from Oregon, FAA records showed.
The crash occurred more than a year after another small plane crashed onto a street in the nearby Van Nuys area. The pilot died in that incident.
Original article can be found here: http://ktla.com