NTSB Identification: LAX04LA225
On May 31, 2004, about 1045 Pacific daylight time, a Stinson 108-2, N9816K, impacted terrain while attempting a return to airport maneuver at Spaulding Airport (1Q2), Susanville, California. The owner/pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The private pilot and the private pilot rated passenger sustained serious injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The personal cross-country flight departed 1Q2, at 1040, en route to Fresno, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The primary wreckage was at 40 degrees 38.30 minutes north latitude and 120 degrees 46.6 minutes west longitude.
Witnesses on the ground reported that the airplane took off to the south. The airplane climbed about 50 feet, leveled off, and flew down the runway. At the end of the runway the airplane made a climbing left turn. At 100 to 200 feet, the airplane made a right turn, and appeared to be attempting to return to the runway.
The airplane impacted terrain about 300 yards south of the runway with the wings level, and in a 20-degree nose down attitude.
Witnesses reported that the pilot stated on the radio that he was returning to the airport because the oil filler cap had been left off of the engine, and the windscreen was covered in oil.