NTSB Identification: WPR12LA281
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Watsonville, CA
Aircraft: Tecna P2002 Sierra, registration: N308TA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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On June 30, 2012, about 1300 Pacific daylight time, a Tecna P2002 Sierra light sport airplane, N308TA, sustained substantial damage following a partial loss of engine power and forced landing about 1 mile south of the Watsonville Municipal Airport (WVI), Watsonville, California. The airplane was operated by Ocean Air Flight Services of Watsonville. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and rated private pilot receiving instruction, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local instructional checkout flight, which was being conducted in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.
In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the CFI reported that after taking off and about 300 feet mean sea level (msl), the engine began to vibrate severely. The CFI stated that this was accompanied by a partial loss of engine power and a failure of the airplane to climb. The CFI further stated that he attempted to reduce engine power to set up for a forced landing by retarding the throttle, however, retarding the throttle had no effect on the engine. The pilot reported that he then had to force the airplane down in order to make an emergency landing to a vacant field. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that it had sustained substantial damage to the right wing and aileron.
The airplane was recovered to a secured facility for further examination.
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