Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N7133G: Accident occurred April 17, 2016 near Catalina Island Airport in the Sky (KAVX), Avalon, Los Angeles County, California

REGISTRATION PENDING: http://registry.faa.gov/N7133G

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Long Beach FSDO-05


NTSB Identification: WPR16LA093
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 17, 2016 in Avalon, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N7133G
Injuries: 2 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 April 17, 2016, about 1629 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172K, N7133G, was destroyed when it impacted terrain during a landing attempt at Airport in the Sky (AVX), Santa Catalina Island/Avalon, California. The private pilot and his passenger received serious injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

AVX is situated in rugged terrain, atop a mountain that was leveled off to construct the airport. Under the approach path to runway 22, the terrain rises steeply to the airport elevation and runway threshold. According to a pilot and his friend who were standing at the airport watching the airplane arrive, when on final approach to runway 22, it appeared low, and possibly slow as well. The pilot-witness waited for the engine sound to increase to indicate a climb attempt, but he did not hear that. As the airplane began descending below the local horizon, the witnesses observed it enter a very steep right-wing down bank, and disappear from view. They listened and watched for indication of either impact or a successful escape, but heard and saw nothing to indicate either. They then notified the airport manager that they believed the airplane had crashed.

The two witnesses departed soon thereafter in another C-172, and conducted a brief and unsuccessful visual scan for the airplane. About 2 minutes later, they heard a radio call to another airplane, reportedly indicating that the US Coast Guard had detected an ELT signal about 0.7 miles southeast of the airport. The pilot-witness announced that he was returning to the area to conduct a visual aerial search, and that he suspected that the accident site was north of the airport. Shortly thereafter, the pilot-witness and his passenger located the wreckage, and guided ground personnel to it.

According to the accident pilot, he was approaching runway 22 for a landing when he determined that the airplane was too low. He attempted to climb and turn to avoid terrain. The airplane banked sharply to the right, and struck terrain shortly thereafter. The airplane came to rest nearly inverted, and the pilot was able to exit the airplane. His passenger remained trapped in the wreckage, but there was no fire.

The wreckage was located in a ravine, approximately 400 feet north-northwest of, and 150 feet below, the runway 22 threshold. First responders extracted the passenger, and both she and the pilot were airlifted to a mainland hospital.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating. He was one of five co-owners of the airplane, and had purchased his share in late February 2016. At the time of his purchase, the pilot reported that he had about 160 hours total flight experience, including about 90 hours in the accident airplane make and model.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) information indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1969, and was equipped with a Lycoming O-320 series engine. According to one of the co-owners, the most recent annual inspection was completed in January 2016.

The 1651 AVX automated weather observation included winds from 250 degrees at 14 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 22 degrees C, dew point minus 4 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.02 inches of mercury.



Two occupants of a small plane were hospitalized after the aircraft crashed late Sunday afternoon near an airport on Catalina Island.

The Cessna 172 had departed from Long Beach Airport and was just short of a Catalina Airport runway about 4:30 p.m. when it crashed under “unknown circumstances,” said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

One of the plane’s two occupants initially remained inside after the crash, while the other person was outside the aircraft, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Photos tweeted by the county Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau showed a deputy being lowered from a helicopter to the scene, with extraction tools to free the victims from the wreckage.

Both patients were then airlifted to a hospital in unknown condition, The Times reported, citing a Fire Department spokesman.

The incident was being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here: http://ktla.com


Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Air Rescue 5 Tac Medics being lowered with extraction tools to free victims from aircraft wreckage.


Officials say a small plane with two people aboard has crashed near the airport on Santa Catalina Island in Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the two people survived the crash and were taken by helicopter to a Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, but there was no immediate word on the extent of their injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Cessna 172 that had taken off from Long Beach Airport crashed under unknown circumstances at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Original article can be found here:   http://abcnews.go.com




A small plane with two people on board crashed Sunday evening just short of the runway as it tried to land at the airport on Catalina Island, authorities said.

The single-engine Cessna 172 was arriving from Long Beach when it crashed about 4:30 p.m., said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

One person was ejected during the crash near Airport in the Sky, said supervising fire dispatcher Ed Pickett.

A second person trapped at one point under the plane was later rescued and both victims were taken to a hospital via helicopter, said Kyle Sanford of Los Angeles County Fire Department. Their condition, he said, was unknown.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here: http://www.latimes.com

Fire crews rushed to help two people after one was thrown from the wreck, and another was trapped, in a single-engine plane crash at Catalina Airport Sunday.

Two people were injured, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Their conditions were not immediately available, the FAA said.

The FAA said the plane is a Cessna 172 that departed from Long Beach.

It wasn't immediately clear what led to the crash, but the plane went down just short of the runway around 4:40 p.m.

Fire crews hoisted the injured via helicopter to transport them to the hospital.

The FAA was handling the subsequent investigation.

Story and video:  http://www.nbclosangeles.com

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