NTSB Identification: LAX04FA241
On June 16, 2004, about 1242 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 337, N63BB, collided with terrain while on approach to the Carson City Airport, Carson City, Nevada. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The airline transport rated pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact and post crash fire. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan had not been filed. The flight originated from Brookhaven Airport, Shirley, New York, on June 14th at an unknown time, and was destined to Carson City, where airplane was registered.
The airplane was observed to make a left downwind approach to runway 9. The published traffic for landing on runway 9 is right traffic.
According to witnesses, the airplane appeared to be doing a go-around during the approach to runway 9. It appeared to be paralleling the runway and taxiway south of the runway centerline. Several witnesses observed the airplane in a shallow climb, and heard varying engine noise sounds. About 1/4 mile south of the runway end the airplane started a left turn, followed by the nose dropping and rotating vertically about 1 1/2 times and impacting the terrain about 5,000 feet northeast of the center of the airport. The primary wreckage was at 39 degrees 11.491 minutes north latitude and 119 degrees 43.022 west longitude. The airport elevation is 4,697 feet mean sea level, and the density altitude was 7,200 feet.
Limited information recovered from the pilot's logbook revealed that the flight originated from Brookhaven Airport on June 14th. There were stops made en route at Allentown, Pennsylvania; Murray, Kentucky; Mansfield, Ohio; Darlington, South Carolina; Dodge City, Kansas; and the last stop prior to Carson City was Provo, Utah, where the airplane had been topped off with the addition of 75.4 gallons of 100LL aviation fuel on the morning of June 16th.
The wreckage was examined at the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Investigator. The recovered airplane's available components revealed that the landing gear was in the down position with 10 degrees of flaps and 5 degrees of down elevator tab.