Accident Cessna 150A N7032X,
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Date:Thursday 22 December 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 150A
Registration: N7032X
MSN: 15059132
Year of manufacture:1960
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Santa Monica, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Santa Monica Airport, CA (SMO/KSMO)
Destination airport:Santa Monica Airport, CA (SMO/KSMO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On December 22, 2022, about 1518 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 150, N7032X, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Santa Monica, California. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the accident flight was to be a local flight, heading northwest along the Pacific Ocean coastline with his passenger. Based at Santa Monica Airport, in Santa Monica, California (SMO), the pilot reported that after topping off the fuel tanks, the airplane felt sluggish during the taxi to runway 21. The pilot canceled his takeoff request and taxied to his hangar to troubleshoot the sluggish anomaly. Initially he believed that the sluggish movement was attributed to low tire pressure, so he ensured that the correct pressure was obtained and subsequently initiated an engine start. He reported that again, during taxi to the runup area, the sluggish movement persisted. Upon reaching the engine run-up area, he completed what he referred to as a successful engine run-up and taxied to runway 21, taking off to the southwest. During the initial climb, about 575 ft above ground level (AGL), the pilot intercepted the coast near Ocean View Park and turned to the right to follow the coastline northwest.

Four minutes into the flight, while over Sunset Beach, the airplane had ascended to 1,025 ft AGL with a consistent airspeed of about 70 mph. The pilot reported that he ensured that the carburetor heat was off, that the mixture was rich, that the throttle was in the maximum position, and that the ignition switch was in the Both position. Subsequently, he heard what he described as a “bang” and made a left 180° turn. The pilot contacted the SMO tower controller and attempted to return to SMO. However, the airplane’s descent rate increased, and the pilot initiated a forced landing to the shoreline about 1,500 ft south of the Santa Monica Pier. The airplane touched down heading south, in the shallow water of the shoreline and nosed over.

The airplane wreckage was secured and transported to a facility for further examination.




Revision history:

23-Dec-2022 03:46 Geno Added
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