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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205548
Last updated: 20 September 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CH7B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
American Champion 7GCBC Explorer
Registration: N519AC
C/n / msn: 1295-2000
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Santa Paula Airport (KSZP), Santa Paula, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Santa Paula, CA (SZP)
Destination airport:Santa Paula, CA (SZP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, during landing, she became distracted by another airplane performing a touch-and-go, and upon touchdown, the airplane veered to the right. She added full power to go around, but the airplane continued to the right as it became airborne, and the right wing struck a parked helicopter. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the tops of bushes and came to rest inverted in an adjacent riverbed.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain directional control during landing due to being distracted by another airplane and her delayed initiation of a go-around, during which the right wing struck a parked helicopter.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

03-Feb-2018 00:59 Geno Added
03-Feb-2018 15:50 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code]
01-May-2018 13:45 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
01-May-2018 14:15 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo, ]

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