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NTSB Identification: WPR19FA096
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Riverside, CA
Aircraft: Beech 50, registration: N800DC
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On March 16, 2019, about 1149 Pacific daylight time, A Beech BE-50 airplane, N800DC, impacted terrain in Riverside, California. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured; there were no ground injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and no flight plan had been filed; however, the pilot had received flight following advisories. The flight originated from Chino Airport (CNO), Chino, California, at 1136, and was destined for Apple Valley Airport (APV), Apple Valley, California.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), prior to take off from CNO, the pilot had advised the local controller (LC) that there was an electrical issue and that he would advise when he was ready to takeoff. Shortly thereafter, the pilot informed the LC he was ready for takeoff. The pilot was cleared for departure and was instructed to turn right direct to Paradise (PDZ) VOR. The pilot was then transferred to Southern California TRACON (SCT). Shortly after the airplane took off, the CNO local controller was advised that the pilot was returning to the airport with electrical and engine issues; the pilot indicated that his right engine was out. The airplane subsequently diverted to Riverside Municipal Airport (RAL), Riverside, California, after the pilot reported that the airplane was losing altitude and RAL was the closest airport.

The airplane crashed about 2 miles southwest of RAL in a residential area.

Witnesses in the area heard the airplane and observed it flying at a low altitude before the nose of the airplane dropped, and the airplane began to spin. One witness estimated that the airplane made 1.5 revolutions before he lost sight of it behind houses. Another witness located in the front yard of the residence where the airplane crashed, reported that the airplane spun to the right before he lost sight of it behind his house.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.