CHP Pilot dies in Plane Crash near SD

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Does anyone know if that is normal....6 hours between contact with CHP pilots? I think the only CHP aircraft I have ever heard was traffic accident photos from the air....

I know I have heard Arizona DPS pilots check in on their patrol channels with flight times, souls on board, etc...
 

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Does anyone know if that is normal....6 hours between contact with CHP pilots? I think the only CHP aircraft I have ever heard was traffic accident photos from the air....
It doesn't say that. It says they last heard from him at 10:24 and found the crash at 4 something. It most likely took time to put a search together and hours to find the plane.
 

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Still, it seems that it shouldnt take that long, they do status checks on planes and helicopters just like deputies and officers- at least they did when I was living in Santa Rosa. And if a plane crashes, the beacon automatically turns itself on, due to shock. I dont know. Its just hard to beleive that the search took that long.
 

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Still, it seems that it shouldnt take that long, they do status checks on planes and helicopters just like deputies and officers- at least they did when I was living in Santa Rosa. And if a plane crashes, the beacon automatically turns itself on, due to shock. I dont know. Its just hard to beleive that the search took that long.
The ELT beacons don't always go off. Even if they do, it can take a while to get things rolling to start a search. They probably spent some time doing ramp checks, assuming the pilot just had radio problems, etc.
 
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Does anyone know if that is normal....6 hours between contact with CHP pilots? I think the only CHP aircraft I have ever heard was traffic accident photos from the air....

I know I have heard Arizona DPS pilots check in on their patrol channels with flight times, souls on board, etc...
The only time I hear CHP planes do air checks is when they cross over county lines. They don't do them like cal fire that checks in with the aircraft like every 15mins or so i'm not sure on how long they time it.
 

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Lots of activity on San Diego RCS Law Air & some TACs. SDSO & fire helicopters transporting NTSB and recovery party to the crash site. It sounds like the pilot was recovered and taken to Poway with a CHP & SDSO escort. A sad day.
 

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Its just hard to beleive that the search took that long.
Believe it. It's a huge territory to search, and it's like a needle in a haystack. Even if the ELT trips, it's not always easy to find the wreckage.
 

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... Its just hard to beleive that the search took that long.
Believe it. It's a huge territory to search, and it's like a needle in a haystack. Even if the ELT trips, it's not always easy to find the wreckage.
Go to Google Earth or your favorite map program with satellite overlay,

Find Ocotillo Airport at Ocotillo Wells:
Airport designator L90
Latitude 33-09-00N Longitude 116-07-58w

Check the terrain to the northwest and the south-southwest, and you will get an idea of what the search area entailed.
 

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Does anyone know what airport the plane was based at? Or even an "N" number? I'd like to see if one of the aircraft Web sites has a pre-crash photo of the plane posted.

Dave
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Does anyone know what airport the plane was based at? Or even an "N" number? I'd like to see if one of the aircraft Web sites has a pre-crash photo of the plane posted.

Dave
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The reports in the media I have seen indicated it was out of the Border Division Air Ops facility at Thermal (Riverside County).
 

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That would be Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (TRM), 20 miles SE of Palm Springs. No photos of CHP aircraft at that airport on either Airport-Data.com or Flightaware.com, so I'm out of luck unless I can get an "N" number. Neither the FAA or NTSB Web sites have information about the accident posted.

Dave
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It should be this one...

Registration N663HP / (ICAO24 address hex: A8C01B)
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74224

Check later this month for the NTSB release.
http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/Month.asp

Aircraft Manufacturer & Model: CESSNA T206H
Year Manufactured: 2000
btw this CHP plane had the 'LoJack' tracking on it.( See four antenna near the rear of the plane).
Plus I heard the plane had the newer 406MHz ELT beacon.

Photos:
http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/N663HP.html
http://www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?regsearch=N663HP
http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?regsearch=N663HP

The Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers - Pilot Officer Danny Benavides
http://www.odmp.org/officer/20395-pilot-officer-danny-benavides

chpforums.com topic.
http://www.chpforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9626

The other local airplane is this one N553HP (ICAO24 address hex: A70B4D). It's been flying in San Diego County since February. It was up Saturday morning around 8:am. Before it was seen up near Sacramento area from September,2009-February,2010.
 
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It should be this one...

Registration N663HP / (ICAO24 address hex: A8C01B)
ASN Aircraft accident 07-MAY-2010 Cessna T206H Stationair TC N663HP

Check later this month for the NTSB release.
N T S B - Aviation Accidents - Index of Months

Aircraft Manufacturer & Model: CESSNA T206H
Year Manufactured: 2000
btw this CHP plane had the 'LoJack' tracking on it.( See four antenna near the rear of the plane).
Plus I heard the plane had the newer 406MHz ELT beacon.

Photos:
Aircraft N663HP, 2000 Cessna T206H C/N T20608212
JetPhotos.Net Aviation Photos-Registration Search: N663HP
Photo Search Results | Airliners.net

The Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers - Pilot Officer Danny Benavides
Pilot Officer Danny Benavides, California Highway Patrol

chpforums.com topic.
CHP Plane In Fatal Crash Near Agua Caliente Springs - CHPForums

The other local airplane is this one N553HP (ICAO24 address hex: A70B4D). It's been flying in San Diego County since February. It was up Saturday morning around 8:am. Before it was seen up near Sacramento area from September,2009-February,2010.
Cool, thanks for the info. I'll share this on the airport-data.com forum.

Dave
KA6TJF
 
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