On June 11, 1994, about 1500 hours Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 140, N2927N, crashed during landing at the Ramona Airport, Ramona, California. The airplane, occupied by the owner and the pilot, was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) local flight when the accident occurred. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The certificated private pilot (first pilot) occupying the right seat received minor injuries. The aircraft owner (second pilot), a certificated airline transport pilot occupying the left seat, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight originated at Gillespie Field, El Cajon, California, about 1430 hours. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was to gain familiarization with the airplane. The second pilot demonstrated several maneuvers and a landing. The first pilot then took the controls and made a landing on runway 27. During the landing roll, the pilot indicated that the airplane veered to the left. The right landing gear then collapsed and the airplane received damaged to the fuselage, right wing, and engine.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness inspector, San Diego Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), examined the airplane. He reported that the right main landing gear was torn from the fuselage. The fuselage was buckled behind the left main gear. The right doorposts were sheared from their attachment points. The right wing was buckled about 2 feet inboard from the tip.
The first pilot holds a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. According to the pilot/operator report that the pilot submitted, his total aeronautical experience consists of about 350 hours, of which 1 hour was accrued in the accident aircraft make and model.
The closest official weather observation station is Gillespie Field, El Cajon, California, which is located 14 nautical miles south of the accident site. At 1549 hours, a surface observation was reporting in part: Sky condition and ceiling, partial obscuration, 2,500 feet scattered clouds; visibility, 7 miles; temperature, 73 degrees F; wind, 250 degrees at 7 knots; altimeter, 29.94 inHg; remarks, haze.