On January 13, 1994, at 1500 Pacific standard time, a Stinson 108-1, N8286K, sustained substantial damage during a collision with a fence on takeoff at the Flabob airport, Rubidoux, California. The aircraft was owned and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and included an 80 degree left cross wind at 20 knots. Neither the private pilot nor his one passenger were injured. No flight plan was filed for the personal operation, which was originating at the time of the mishap as a cross country flight to San Diego, California. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
In his written statement, the pilot said that there were no mechanical malfunctions of the aircraft. The pilot reported that the winds during the takeoff on runway 6 were from 340 degrees at 20 knots, with higher gusts to 25 knots. Just after lift-off, the aircraft began drifting to the right and the pilot said he could not correct the ground track before the aircraft collided with a chain link fence which borders the airport. The fence was located about 60 feet from the edge of the runway.