Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2006 Issue

July 1, 2006, Somis, Calif. / Raytheon (Beech) A36 Bonanza

The aircraft impacted level terrain at about 1140 Pacific, following the pilot’s declaration of an emergency. The Private pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries; two other passengers sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was destroyed. Visual conditions prevailed. Although the airplane’s destination was Prescott, Ariz., shortly after departing Santa Barbara, Calif., the pilot told ATC he wanted to divert to Oxnard, Calif., to “check a few things out.” After declining to declare an emergency, the pilot then told ATC he wanted to divert to Camarillo, Calif. When the pilot checked in with the CMA controller, he was unable to provide his current location. After using his transponder...

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