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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 42934
Last updated: 21 November 2020
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Date:06-FEB-1994
Time:15:26
Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Denney Kitfox 4
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N92NL
C/n / msn: 1615
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:5 miles W of Banning Municipal Airport, Banning, Riverside County, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Banning Airport, California (BNG/KBNG)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On February 6, 1994, at 15:26 PST (Pacific Standard Time), a home-built experimental Lampman Kitfox IV airplane, N92NL, collided with mountainous terrain about 5 miles west of Banning Municipal Airport, Banning, Riverside County, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the operation. The aircraft was destroyed in the accident sequence. The private pilot and a pilot-rated passenger sustained fatal injuries. The flight originated from the Banning airport on the day of the mishap at 15:00 hours as a local area personal flight.

According to the aircraft owner, the pilot had performed maintenance on the landing gear prior to the accident flight. The pilot had the owner's permission to fly the aircraft.

A ground witness was standing on top of the upper wall of a canyon-like gully about 1/2 mile from the crash site. The witness stated that he observed the aircraft fly over at an altitude which was about 50 feet above the level of his head. The aircraft was then over the center axis line of the gully proceeding in an upslope direction. The witness said the aircraft seemed to be maintaining about 300 feet above the floor of the gully and, when the aircraft passed over, the engine was running in a normal manner.

The witness then returned to what he was doing and a few minutes later observed the aircraft on the ground on the side of the gully. The witness stated that he immediately made his way over to the accident site and found the pilot still conscious. The witness reported that there was a heavy odor of fuel in the immediate vicinity to the point that he became nauseous. The witness said he helped extricate the pilot from the wreckage and the pilot told him "the engine cut out on me." The pilot subsequently expired after admission to a hospital.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors from the Riverside, California, Flight Standards District Office examined the aircraft on the accident site. The inspectors reported that the site is in a bowl-shaped gully or canyon with a diameter of about 400 yards. The inspectors said the aircraft appeared to have impacted the rocky ground in a near-vertical descent attitude between two large boulders. The aircraft was found at the accident site in a vertical nose-down attitude wedged between the boulders.

According to the inspectors report, control system continuity was established from the cockpit controls to the elevator and ailerons. Impact damage precluded a continuity determination for the rudder control cables. All three wooden propeller blades were observed to have fractured at about the midspan points of each blade, with the outboard portions fragmented into longitudinal splinters

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: LAX94LA115 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?_ev_id=20001206X00762&ntsbno=LAX94LA115&akey=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=92NL


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
28-Jul-2016 21:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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