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Crash of a Cessna 411 in Corona: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 25, 2004 at 1434 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N747JU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Corona-Corona
MSN:
411-0050
YOM:
1965
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
650
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft crashed in a wooded area shortly after takeoff. The rescue teams located the debris 1 mile west of airport. The exact cause of the crash was not determined.

Crash of a Britten-Norman Islander in Coron: 2 killed

Date & Time: Oct 16, 2004 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RP-C1325
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Coron-Manille
MSN:
0593
YOM:
1977
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:

The crew was performing a cargo flight to the capital city Manila with live fish on board. Few minutes after takeoff, in heavy rain falls, the twin engine aircraft struck the slope of the Tagbao mountain located few kilometers from airport. Rescue teams found the dead bodies and the aircraft's debris one day later.

Crash of a Cessna 411 in Corona: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 4, 2003 at 1453 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N1133S
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Corona-Santa Monica
MSN:
411-0202
YOM:
1966
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
3901
Captain / Total hours on type:
412.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4915
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff, while climbing, the pilot sent a mayday message after one engine failed. Then, the aircraft stalled and crashed near the airport.

Crash of a Cessna 402B in Corona: 10 killed

Date & Time: Feb 19, 1989 at 1210 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N69383
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Las Vegas – Santa Ana
MSN:
402B-0527
YOM:
1975
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Captain / Total flying hours:
4000
Captain / Total hours on type:
572.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3129
Circumstances:
The pilot was operating an on-demand air taxi passenger flight to Santa Ana, CA. The accident occurred during descent, when the aircraft collided with a mountain at 2,060 feet msl. The pilot had received a preflight weather briefing in which he was advised of low ceilings and reduced visibility in the Los Angeles basin, surrounding mountains obscured by clouds, and that VFR flight to Santa Ana was not recommended. He departed VFR. While en route, the pilot was advised that Santa Ana was reporting 1,400 feet overcast with 5 miles visibility. A videotape recorded by a passenger showed mountain peaks protruding through a solid cloud layer and showed the aircraft descending into the clouds. Witnesses described a low cloud ceiling near the crash site and cloud tops at 5,000 feet. Examination of the wreckage revealed evidence of powered flight and no evidence of preimpact control or engine malfunction. Records indicated that the pilot had encountered IMC on only one flight in the previous 9 months. He was director of operations for the operator. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 10 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to properly preflight and plan for flight and his intentional flight into IMC conditions. Factors contributing to the accident were the low ceiling conditions in conjunction with the mountainous terrain.
Occurrence #1: in flight encounter with weather
Phase of operation: descent - normal
Findings
1. (c) preflight planning/preparation - improper - pilot in command
2. Weather forecast - disregarded - pilot in command
3. In-flight weather advisories - disregarded - pilot in command
4. (f) weather condition - low ceiling
5. (c) vfr flight into imc - intentional - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: descent - normal
Findings
6. (f) terrain condition - mountainous/hilly
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-61 Aerostar (Ted Smith 601P) in Corona

Date & Time: Sep 14, 1987 at 1130 LT
Registration:
N902RG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Corona – Carlsbad
MSN:
61-0666-7963311
YOM:
1979
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
4634
Captain / Total hours on type:
120.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1295
Circumstances:
The airplane was refueled before it departed on the accident flight; the pilot did not supervise the fueling. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot advised the Ontario departure controller that both engines were experiencing a power loss and that he suspected jet fuel contamination. The airplane collided with a berm during the ensuing forced landing. The investigation revealed that the FBO fueled the airplane with 131.3 gallons of Jet A fuel. Investigators did not locate any witnesses who saw the pilot preflight the airplane. The pilot sustained severe head injuries and could not recall if he had preflighted the airplane - the right front seat passenger was not present when the pilot boarded the aircraft.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of engine power (partial) - nonmechanical
Phase of operation: climb - to cruise
Findings
1. All engines
2. (c) fluid, fuel grade - incorrect
3. (c) refueling - improper - fbo personnel
4. (f) inadequate initial training - fbo personnel
5. (c) preflight planning/preparation - improper - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: forced landing
Phase of operation: descent - emergency
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Occurrence #3: on ground/water collision with object
Phase of operation: landing - roll
Findings
6. Terrain condition - berm
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 520 in Lucerne Valley

Date & Time: Nov 2, 1986 at 1000 LT
Registration:
N70FM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Corona - Corona
MSN:
520-147
YOM:
1954
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
700
Captain / Total hours on type:
200.00
Circumstances:
During a pleasure flight, the pilot reported that the right engine caught on fire. The pilot made a landing on dry lake bed and disembarked from the plane examination of the wreckage revealed that the path of the landing roll showed no signs of melted metal or debris. There was a large fuel stain visible around the remains of the right wing, right engine and right cowling. The engine components and accessories showed moderate heat distress with no evidence of a blow torch effect. The right wing fuel sump drain valve was located inside a cup of melted aliminum and was in the open position.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: fire
Phase of operation: standing
Findings
1. (f) fuel system, drain - open
2. (c) reason for occurrence undetermined
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft D18S in Corona

Date & Time: Nov 14, 1979 at 1230 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N8611A
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Corona - Corona
MSN:
A-518
YOM:
1949
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
893
Captain / Total hours on type:
29.00
Circumstances:
After liftoff, during initial climb, the airplane was difficult to control when it crashed in flames. All three occupants escaped with minor injuries while the aircraft was destroyed by fire.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident could not be determined. The pilot stated that he encountered control difficulties after takeoff.
Final Report: