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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 248012
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six
Registration: N57014
MSN: 32-7400014
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Torrance Airport, CA (TOA/KTOA)
Destination airport:
The pilot was fatally injured and a person on the ground sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

Investigators reviewed flight track data covering the area of the accident during the time surrounding the
accident using Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provided Automatic Dependent SurveillanceBroadcast (ADS-B) data. The airplane had been assigned a discrete transponder code of 0242 by the
FAA’s Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (SCT TRACON). The data was
consistent with the airplane departing Torrance at 1146 and proceeding south-southeast along the
coastline while climbing, reaching an altitude of about 3,400 ft mean sea level (msl).

The pilot was in communication with SCT air traffic controllers during the flight receiving visual flight
rules (VFR) flight following. At 1155:29, the pilot reported to the SCT Harbor radar controller that he
was experiencing engine problems. After the controller queried about the nature of the problem, at
1156:30 the pilot stated, “I have an engine wobble; no RPM’s.” About 20 seconds later, the pilot added,
“I think I have to make an off-airport landing.” Several seconds later he transmitted his final
communication that the Long Beach harbor appeared to be the best place to land and that “I am going to
see if I can make it.” The radar indicated that the airplane proceeded toward Terminal Island and aligned
for an emergency landing to a paved area.

Video footage was obtained from numerous security cameras at the terminal. A review of the footage
revealed that the airplane descended configured in a relatively flat pitch attitude. The left wing collided with a semi-truck followed by the airplane impacting a concrete barrier in a left-wing low attitude. The airplane rotated over itself in a cartwheel type motion and came to rest upright.

As part of the preliminary postaccident examination, investigators removed the cylinders’ sparkplugs;
several were mechanically damaged. Removal of the rocker box valve covers revealed that the exhaust
rotator cap on the No. 2 cylinder was loosely laying in the cover. The exhaust valve springs on the No. 6
cylinder were displaced and protruded out at an angle with the rocker arm contacting the upper valve
spring seat (retainer); the No. 6 exhaust pushrod was bent.

Removal of the No. 4 cylinder revealed that the piston head had numerous gouges consistent with
impact with metal inside the barrel. Removal of the No. 6 cylinder revealed that the piston had separated
from the connecting rod was lodged in the cylinder barrel (see Figure 4). Investigators removed what
remained of the severely damaged piston, revealing that the exhaust valve head was embedded in the
barrel head adjacent to the valve seat. The exhaust valve stem and keepers were not located. Numerous
pieces of metal were found throughout the crankcase and over a pint of metal pieces were recovered
from the oil sump.



Revision history:

19-Feb-2021 21:52 Geno Added
20-Feb-2021 16:11 Aerossurance Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]
10-Jul-2021 08:40 aaronwk Updated [Time, Source, Damage, Narrative, Category]

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