FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA El Segundo (Los Angeles) FSDO-23
NTSB Identification: WPR16FA103
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 08, 2016 in Pomona, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N5046W
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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On May 8, 2016, about 1630 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-28, N5046W, sustained substantial damage after making a forced landing on top of an office/industrial building complex, about 2 nautical miles southwest of Brackett Field (POC), La Verne, California. The private pilot, who was the registered owner and sole occupant of the airplane, sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight departed from the Fullerton Municipal Airport (FUL), Fullerton, California, about 1600.
According to local law enforcement personnel, the pilot reported that while approaching POC at an altitude of about 2,000 feet, the engine experienced an initial power loss to about 1,000 rpm. The pilot stated that the mixture was in and that he had switched fuel tanks, however, he could not restore power to the engine. The pilot further stated that when he realized he would not be able to make it to his destination, he elected to make a forced landing. The pilot reported that rather than land in a residential area, he opted to land on the roof of a corporate building. After touching down, the airplane came to an abrupt stop upright and on the top of the building, with the engine partially imbedded into the roof.
The airplane was recovered to a secured storage facility for further examination.
Pilot Don Bach.
Don Bach was transferred from Los Angeles County USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights to another hospital Monday night, one day after safely landing his single-engine Piper on the rooftop of a state parole office on Corporate Center Drive in Pomona.
The 61-year-old, who has 40 years of flying experience, suffered broken bones in his right arm and right leg as well scrapes.
He told CBS Los Angeles that he was getting ready to land when the engine started to fail.
"When I got down to about 50 knots, I knew it was going to stall, and I really only had one option," he said.
So he did what any experienced pilot would do in an emergency.
"The main thing I was concentrating on was not hitting power poles, not hitting any cars, not hitting any homes or anything," the pilot recalled.
"Then he called air traffic controller and tell him: 'May Day, May Day.' And he looked down, and he see the traffic, the freeway, housing. So he just tried to find a safe place to land," Bach's wife, Connie, said.
With little power, somehow Bach guided the plane to the top of the parole office building after avoiding homes, people and the nearby 10 and 57 freeways.
"Thank you Lord for putting the building there with a soft roof," Bach chuckled.
He crash-landed the plane so skillfully, the aircraft sat on the roof almost so perfectly between two beams that a building inspector said prevented the plane from collapsing the roof.
"There's many scenarios he could have been killed or worse damage or gone on to the freeways. So it was an incredible job what he did to get that plane down," said building inspector Mike Neely.
Because the building has been red-tagged, employees will work at a different location until inspectors determine how much damage was done, and when it is safe to enter.
Story and video: http://www.cbsnews.com
Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating the crash of a light plane that landed on the roof of a building in Pomona on Sunday. There were conflicting reports on the number of people aboard the aircraft.
"We believe the pilot was the only person on board," said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. "He was transported to a hospital."
Gregor said the plane was a single-engine Piper PA-28 and was inbound to Brackett Field airport in LaVerne when the crash occurred.
The crash was reported at 4:42 p.m., and the plane landed on a building at 971 Corporate Center Drive, said Los Angeles County Fire Department spokeswoman Melanie Flores. Two people were walking around the plane when firefighters arrived on the scene, Flores said.
The building houses State of California offices.
Flores said the airport received a Mayday call from the pilot and there were reports of smoke coming from the plane. "He was having some kind of trouble," she said.
The airport is about a 3.5-mile drive from the crash site.
Television coverage showed Los Angeles County firefighters using a ladder to lower a person on a stretcher from the roof to an ambulance.
According to the FAA registry number on the plane, it is registered to Donald Bach and Connie Bach of Fullerton. It was not known whether either of them was aboard the plane.
Original article can be found here: http://www.scpr.org
The incident was first reported about 4:45 p.m. in the 900 block of Corporate Center Drive, southwest of the junction of the 10, 57 and 71 freeways, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol officials.
After responding to reports of a small airplane in trouble, officials found the craft atop a large building, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores said. There was no initial reports of major injuries.
“A single-engine Piper PA-28 crashed under unknown circumstances near Kellogg Hill Road and the 71 (Freeway),” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.
One of two people aboard the airplane, believed to be the pilot, was flown by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment, Flores said. The second occupant was not taken to a hospital.
Both pilot and passenger managed to walk away from the damaged airplane, Flores said.
The building the airplane landed on top of was a state parole building run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said.
The plane was headed to Brackett Field Airport in La Verne, Gregor said. It was not immediately clear where the plane had departed from.
CHP logs indicated the airport lost radio contact with the airplane just before the crash site was found.
Further details were not immediately available.
The aircraft is registered to an owner in Fullerton, according to FAA records. The plane was manufactured in 1961 and had a valid, standard-classification flight status.
Original article can be found here: http://www.sgvtribune.com
POMONA, California -- Firefighters say a plane with two people on board has crash landed on the top of a building in Pomona, California, CBS Los Angeles reported.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the single-engine Piper PA-28 went down under unknown circumstances Sunday afternoon and ended up on top of a commercial building in Pomona, east of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said one person was being transported to the hospital, while a second person was being evaluated.
The extent of their injuries is not known.
The fire department says a call came out at 4:40 p.m. Sunday that a plane landed on the roof of a building at 901 Corporate Center Drive in Pomona.
Gregor said the plane was heading to Brackett Field Airport in the nearby city of La Verne when it crashed.
Original article can be found here: http://www.cbsnews.com
The California Highway Patrol responded to the interchange of the 10, 57 and 71 freeways after receiving initial reports of a downed aircraft, Officer Alex Rubio said.
A Fire Department supervisor said the plane did not crash, adding that the building was on Corporate Center Drive, just south of the 10 Freeway.
Two patients were brought down from the roof by aerial ladder; one of them was transported to a hospital by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter team, according to officials.
The airlifted patient was the pilot of the small plane, the Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter.
The nature of the patients’ possible injuries and their conditions were not immediately known.
Original article can be found here: http://ktla.com