By Jim TimmJimTimm

SEPTEMBER 2013

In this regular reporting of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona, we need to learn from the mistakes being made and take the necessary action to prevent similar accidents from occurring.

During this last reporting period, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) records reported three accidents that occurred within the state of Arizona. The number of accidents reported this past period was once again, fortunately, very low which may continue to be the result of high summer temperatures and people are not flying much and also perhaps to a degree, the high cost of flying. I certainly hope that our Arizona pilots are not going to other states and having accidents during this period, but are being careful in their operations no matter where they fly.

Two of the accidents did not result in injuries and one resulted in a minor injury. One non-injury accident resulted from a landing gear leg collapsing during landing and the other non-injury accident involved an airplane, while taxing on the ramp, colliding with another parked airplane, resulting in substantial damage. The minor injury accident was the result of loss of control during the takeoff roll. We need to look at these accidents carefully and do what we can to prevent something similar from happening to us.

Additional aircraft accidents may have occurred in the reporting period that had not yet been recorded and reported by the NTSB, however, they will be available and covered in the next report. Fortunately, once again the number of accidents reported were low and only one minor injury occurred. I only hope that we can to continue to keep the numbers down and the damage minor in nature.

The following information was taken from the preliminary reports issued by the NTSB and contain only the initial information available and is subject to change and may contain errors. Any errors in the preliminary NTSB report will be corrected when the more detailed final report is completed, which likely may be a year or more later.

Accident Date; Wednesday July 3, 2013
Title 14 CFR Public Use Operation
Location; Phoenix
Aircraft; Cessna T210K
Injuries; 1 Uninjured

In the afternoon of July 3, a Cessna T210K sustained substantial damage when the left main landing gear collapsed while landing at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The private pilot, and sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. The personal cross-country flight had originated earlier from Falcon Field Airport.

The pilot reported that he had put the landing gear down, but the left main landing gear down-and-locked light did not indicate that it was safely locked. After several attempts to get the left main landing gear safely down and locked, the pilot landed the airplane and the left main landing gear collapsed. The left horizontal stabilizer and elevator were bent and wrinkled.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.


Accident Date; Saturday July 13, 2013 Reported 8/8/13
Title 14 CFR Part 91 Operation
Location; Mesa
Aircraft; Diamond Aircraft DA 20-C1
Injuries; 1 Uninjured

About 1347 MST, a Diamond DA20-C1 sustained substantial damage following a ground collision with a parked airplane while taxiing, prior to takeoff from Falcon Field Airport (FFZ), Mesa. The student pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. According to the flight instructor, the student pilot was to depart on his first solo flight. The flight instructor departed the airplane prior to the accident. The student pilot reported that while he was taxiing, the right wing of the airplane struck the right wing of an airplane parked near the taxi line.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed


Accident Date; Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Title 14 CFR Part 91 Operation
Location; San Manuel
Aircraft; Stribling RV4
Injuries; 1 Minor Injury

About 1200 MST, an experimental amateur built Stribling RV-4 sustained substantial damage during a loss of control during the takeoff roll, at the San Manuel Airport (E77). The private pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, sustained minor injuries. The personal flight had a planned destination of Live Oak County Airport (8T6), George West, Texas. The pilot reported the takeoff roll seemed normal until just prior to rotation speed when the airplane suddenly veered to the left and departed the runway surface. The airplane came to rest inverted in a ravine about 420 feet from the runway. Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuselage and wings sustained substantial damage.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

 

 

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