National Transportation Safety Board
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report

 

 

Location:

Kernville, CA

Accident Number:

WPR17LA088

Date & Time:

04/20/2017, 1859 PDT

Registration:

N9975D

Aircraft:

PIPER PA 22-150

Injuries:

3 Serious

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

 

On April 20, 2017, about 1859 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-22-150, N9975D, collided with terrain about a half-mile south of the Kern Valley Airport (L05), Kernville, California. The pilot/owner operated the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight. The pilot and two passengers were seriously injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed L05 at an unknown time and destination.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector responded to the accident site and reported that the entire airplane came to rest in a confined area. During the recovery of the airplane for further examination, the FAA inspector reported no visible obvious signs of an engine malfunction.

 

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

PIPER

Registration:

N9975D

Model/Series:

PA 22-150 160

Aircraft Category:

Airplane

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Night

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KBFL, 492 ft msl

Observation Time:

1854 PDT

Distance from Accident Site:

35 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

22°C / 7°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

10 knots / , 320°

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

30.13 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

 

Departure Point:

Kernville, CA (L05)

Destination:

 

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Serious

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

2 Serious

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

3 Serious

Latitude, Longitude:

35.709167, -118.421944 (est)

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Tealeye Cornejo

Additional Participating Persons:

Troy Wise; Federal Aviation Administration; Fresno, CA

Note:

The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.