Cessna 414 crashes into a house

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Cessna 414 crashes into a house

Post by Athol Terence » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:11 pm

Antonio Pastini, 75, of Gardnerville, Nevada, was flying home after visiting his daughter and granddaughter on Sunday when his Cessna began coming apart and debris slammed into a Yorba Linda home, which caught fire. Four people inside the house died.

About 1.50 pm US west coast time on Sunday afternoon 3 February 2019 a Cessna 414A Chancellor crashed into a house in the Los Angeles suburb of Yorba Linda, after apparently breaking up in mid-air. The aircraft had recently taken off from Fullerton Municipal Airport in Los Angeles and was climbing through 7800 feet. Four people in the house and the pilot who was the only person on the plane, were killed.

The Orange County Register reported the Cessna was built in 1981 and flown by a 75-year-old private pilot who had bought the aircraft last year. Weather at the time was overcast with rain and westerly winds about 7 knots. Reports speak of one engine striking the house, the second engine landing on a road and the fuselage coming to rest in the yard of another house. News footage shows part of a wing on a roadway.

The Cessna 400 series of light piston twins, which were made from 1962–1987 was the subject of an unusually stringent AD last year. US Federal Aviation Administration AD 2018-03-03 requires repeated inspections of the left and the right forward lower carry-through spar cap for cracks and replacing the carry-through spar if cracks are found. Inspections were to be carried out within 25 flying hours for some 400 series models, or within 50 hours for others. For low-hours aircraft in the 400-series inspections are required before 15,000 hours. The AD goes on to impose a stringent service requirement: ‘If no cracks are found, repetitively thereafter inspect at intervals not to exceed 50 hours time-in-service.’ As a state of design airworthiness directive AD 2018-03-03 applies to the 110 or so Cessna 401-425 aircraft on the Australian register. The AD affects 2147 aircraft on the US register. The US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Pilot in deadly California house crash had been disciplined
In 1980, Pastini lost his license for 30 days after Davis found that his plane was behind on inspections, carried only an expired temporary registration and was not airworthy. The pilot whose plane broke apart and crashed into a Southern California home, killing five people, was disciplined for dangerous flying years earlier. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

In 1977, Pastini had his pilot's license suspended for 120 days after he flew from Las Vegas to Long Beach, California, in cloudy and icy weather and falsely told an air traffic controller that he had "IFR clearance" that indicated he was capable of flying the route with instruments. Pastini disregarded airspace rules and posed "a potential threat to himself, his passenger and other users of the system," wrote an administrative law judge, Jerrell R. Davis.

The Times said the FAA confirmed that Isaacson was Pastini. The agency said he submitted two name changes to the FAA: first in 1991 from Jordan Albert Isaacson to Jordan Ike Aaron, then in 2008 to Antonio Peter Pastini. Pastini told friends, family and even newspapers that he was a retired Chicago. But Chicago police have said he never worked for them and a Chicago police badge he was carrying when he crashed had been reported lost in 1978.
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