Mid-air collision Accident Cessna 340A N740WJ,
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Date:Thursday 18 August 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic C340 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 340A
Owner/operator:ALM Holding LLC
Registration: N740WJ
MSN: 340A0740
Year of manufacture:1979
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Watsonville Airport (WVI/KWVI), Watsonville, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Turlock Municipal Airport, CA (O15)
Destination airport:Watsonville Airport, CA (WVI/KWVI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On August 18, 2022, about 1455 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 152, N49931, and a Cessna 340, N740WJ, were destroyed when they were involved in a midair collision near Watsonville, California. The pilot of N49931 and the pilot and passenger of N740WJ were fatally injured. Both airplanes were operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flights.

The pilot of the single-engine airplane was operating in the airport traffic pattern and had been making position reports on the airport’s common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). The pilot of the multi-engine airplane made an initial radio call on the CTAF 10 miles from the airport, announcing his intention to perform a straight-in approach for landing. Both pilots continued to make appropriate position reports, but did not communicate with each other until the multiengine airplane was about one mile from the airport and the single-engine airplane had turned onto the base leg of the traffic pattern for landing. Realizing that the multi-engine airplane was converging upon him, the pilot of the single-engine airplane announced a go-around, and the airplanes collided on final approach for the runway about 150 ft above ground level (agl).

Examination of the airplanes revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. The multi-engine airplane’s wing flaps and landing gear were both retracted at the accident site, consistent with the pilot’s failure to configure the airplane for landing, and flight track information indicated that the pilot maintained a ground speed of about 180 knots throughout the approach until the collision occurred, which may have reduced the time available for him to see and avoid the singleengine airplane.

The toxicology report for the pilot of the single-engine airplane revealed THC, metabolites for THC, metabolites for cocaine, and ketamine; the low amounts of each drug were not considered causal to the accident. The toxicology report for the multi-engine airplane pilot revealed THC, and metabolites of THC; the low amounts of each drug were not considered causal to the accident.

Probable Cause: The failure of the pilot of the multi-engine airplane to see and avoid the single-engine airplane while performing a straight-in approach for landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR22FA309
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report





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Photos: NTSB


Revision history:

18-Aug-2022 23:14 Captain Adam Added
18-Aug-2022 23:34 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code]
19-Aug-2022 06:00 harro Updated [Narrative]
19-Aug-2022 06:04 harro Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Narrative]
19-Aug-2022 06:07 harro Updated [Category]
19-Aug-2022 13:11 johnwg Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Sep-2022 22:44 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Narrative]
09-Oct-2022 16:18 TB Updated [Location]
29-Mar-2024 20:45 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Source, Narrative, Accident report, Photo]
29-Mar-2024 20:45 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]

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