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Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise in Blythe

Date & Time: Mar 11, 2005 at 1720 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N333WF
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Banning-Blythe
MSN:
0387
YOM:
1978
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3900
Captain / Total hours on type:
942.00
Circumstances:
The pilot failed to lower the landing gear prior to touching down on the runway. The pilot said that during the approach into the
airport, the flaps would not lock into the 20-degree extended position. The pilot decided to execute a no-flap landing and referred to
the emergency checklist. The checklist advised the pilot to extend the landing gear; however, the pilot skimmed over the information
thinking that the gear was already down and locked, and focused on the stabilized approach into the airport. The airplane touched down
with the gear in the retracted position. No mechanical malfunctions were noted with the landing gear system on the airplane and a ground
test run of the flaps did not reproduce the failure encountered during flight.
Probable cause:

The pilot's failure to lower the landing gear prior to landing. A factor to the accident was the pilot's diverted attention due to the
flap system anomaly.

Crash of a Grumman TS-2A Tracker near Banning: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 5, 1998 at 1236 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N416DF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Hemet - Hemet
MSN:
613
YOM:
1958
Flight number:
Tanker 96
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
16680
Captain / Total hours on type:
865.00
Aircraft flight hours:
10849
Circumstances:
The air tanker pilot was on a fire suppression mission with fire retardant chemicals aboard, and had made two previous drops on the fire line. Another tanker and spotter pilot witnessed the last drop approach, and reported that the pilot was turning from base leg to the westerly drop heading downwind while in a 60-degree left bank. The aircraft suddenly rolled left to 90 degrees, and at that point the left wing tip struck the terrain. The winds were estimated by the tanker pilots to be 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 plus from the east. The pilots also reported turbulence and bad air. Airmet Tango was issued for turbulence and isolated severe conditions mainly below 10,000 in the vicinity of canyons and passes.
Probable cause:
The pilot misjudged his maneuvering altitude. Factors to this accident were the mountainous terrain, tailwind conditions, and turbulence in the area.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna T207A Skywagon in Banning: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 9, 1994 at 1630 LT
Registration:
N6383H
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Burbank - San Diego
MSN:
207-0504
YOM:
1979
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
5032
Captain / Total hours on type:
1160.00
Circumstances:
The PA-28, N4512Z, was westbound in level flight about 1,000 feet agl, about 2 miles north of an airport at which an intermediate stop was planned. The Cessna T207A, N6383H, was maneuvering in left turns while conducting aerial photography, and had just initiated a turn toward the east. The left wings of each aircraft were struck by the other airplane. Witnesses indicated that about 2 seconds before impact, the PA-28 attempted to avoid a collision by beginning a climbing right turn. Each aircraft continued past the other and then both spiraled to the ground. The weather conditions were clear, visibility 3 miles in haze. Neither airplane was in radar or voice contact with any FAA facility. All three occupants in both aircraft were killed.
Probable cause:
The failure of both pilots to see and avoid each other. The haze was a factor.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft D18S in Riverside

Date & Time: Jul 10, 1987 at 1915 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N99CP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Long Beach – Banning
MSN:
A-11
YOM:
1945
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
9300
Captain / Total hours on type:
158.00
Aircraft flight hours:
5297
Circumstances:
The aircraft had not been flown for several years and was on a flight to ferry it to another location. While cruising at 7,500 feet, the pilot decided to start using auxiliary fuel. Shortly after moving the fuel selectors to the auxiliary position, both engines lost power and would not restart. The pilot landed on a road, but the wings struck posts/mailboxes and then the aircraft hit a dirt bank. Fuel samples were taken and a visual examination revealed obvious contamination and discoloration. The aircraft had been given an annual inspection just before the flight. Both occupants escaped uninjured.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of engine power (total) - nonmechanical
Phase of operation: cruise
Findings
1. 2 engines
2. (c) fluid, fuel - contamination
3. (c) maintenance, annual inspection - inadequate - other maintenance personnel
4. (c) aircraft preflight - inadequate - 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
Final Report: