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12th of April 2011

A 1974 built Cessna 150L was being flown in the vicinity of Corona Municipal Airport, Corona (California USA) on this day in 2011. The weather was good, and Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) prevailed. Onboard the pilot and a passenger for the VFR flight.

The aircraft in its final position (Source: © unknown)

While practising a touch and go landing the pilot realised he was high during the flare and pulled up to abort the landing, however, the speed had dropped significantly and the pilot quickly added power as he realised the airplane was about to stall. The airplane turned 45º to the left of the runway centreline and bounced on the grass lining the runway and crossed the taxiway parallel to the runway and impacted a hangar.

Once the aircraft had come to a stop the engine and propellor went through the hangar door up to the engine firewall. The wing's leading edges touched the hangar door but did not penetrate the hangar door. This caused extensive damage to the wings, and the cabin area of the fuselage was also badly damaged.

Close up of the engine and part of the cabin (Source: © unknown)

The pilot received minor injuries, the passenger received serious injuries. After the scene of the accident was secured an inspector of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) performed an examination of the aircraft, emphasising on;

  • Airframe

  • Engine

  • Flight Controls

No deficiencies were found that would have had a negative effect on the aircraft's operation. It was noted that the flaps were in the full down position.

Overview of the accident site (Source: © unknown)

The aircraft had an estimated 8835 flight hours since 1974, and the engine (a Continental 0-200-A) had 1200 hours since overhaul

Editorial note: This blog was written using open source information from the internet. V2 Aviation -Training & Maintenance has not been able to find an incident investigation report.

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