By Jim Timm JimTimm

December 2017 

 

The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late October through late November, 2017. We use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and then hopefully take the action necessary to prevent similar accidents from happening to them.

This past reporting period has not improved much from the last few reporting periods in that five accidents were reported by the NTSB. However, the really bad news is that one of these five accidents resulted in a fatality. The other accidents resulted in minor or no injuries. Unfortunately, three of the reported accidents did not have published reports available for review. At the beginning of this report are the details that have recently been released for two accidents that had occurred earlier this fall.


THE FOLLOWING ARE THE TWO ACCIDENTS THAT WERE REPORTED EARLIER WITHOUT DETAILS.

 

Accident Date: Monday, August 14, 2017
Accident Report Dated: 11/2/17 Factual Report
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Location: Chandler
Aircraft Type: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

The solo student pilot reported that, after completing three takeoffs and landings unassisted with his flight instructor, he took off for his first solo. He added that, during the first landing, the airplane "floated" in ground effect for about 4 to 5 seconds, and he added rudder to align the airplane with the runway centerline. He further added that the airplane's nose wheel was "not straight when it touched [down]" on the runway. Subsequently, the student pilot applied brake to maintain directional control, and then applied power to abort the landing, but the airplane veered off the runway to the right. He then reduced power to idle and stopped the airplane in the grass next to the runway and awaited instructions from air traffic control. 

The left wing sustained substantial damage during the runway excursion. 

The student pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

In closing the case, the NTSB Accident Data Summary report did not state a probable cause, but only stated that the flight event was an abnormal runway contact during landing.

 

Accident Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Accident Report Dated: 11/6/17 Factual Report
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Location: Goodyear
Aircraft Type: Diamond DA 40
Injuries: 1 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

The solo student pilot reported that, during approach, he felt a "slight sink." He added that the main landing gears touched down and the airplane began to porpoise. The student pilot added power to initiate a go-around, but the airplane veered left. The porpoising continued, so the pilot reduced power to idle and attempted to use brakes to steer. The airplane exited the runway to the left and impacted a taxiway sign. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. 

The student pilot reported that there were no pre accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Once again, in closing the case, the NTSB Accident Data Summary report did not state a probable cause, but only stated that the flight event was an abnormal runway contact during landing.

 

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THE FOLLOWING ARE THE FIVE ACCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED IN THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD

 

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Accident Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Report Dated: 11/2/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Bowie

Aircraft Type: Lancair Legacy 2000

Injuries: 1 Fatal

INFLIGHT LOSS OF CONTROL - IMPACT WITH TERRAIN

On October 19, 2017, about 0830 MST, a Peterson Lancair Legacy 2000 departed controlled flight and collided with desert terrain near Bowie, Arizona. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was substantially damaged. The personal cross-country flight departed from Eagle Roost Airpark, Aguila, Arizona about 0710 with a planned destination of Garner Field, Uvalde, Texas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and it is not known if the pilot had filed a flight plan. 

The airplane was based in Aguila and the pilot had planned to attend a fly-in over the weekend in Uvalde, about 745 nm southeast. The pilot had registered for the event a few weeks before the accident and located in the wreckage was a flight plan outlining the intended flight to Uvalde. The flight plan showed that the pilot departed at 0710 and had reached his next planned checkpoint of Buckeye VORTAC at 0739; the next listed checkpoint was San Simon VORTAC.

A witness observed the airplane flying along the ridgeline of the Fisher Hills Mountains and begin a series of erratic maneuvers, subsequently diving toward the terrain. The wreckage was located about 17 nm northwest of San Simon VORTAC at an elevation of about 3,860 feet msl. The accident site was located in sparsely populated desert terrain, with the debris stretching over 120 feet with the energy path oriented on a heading of about 155°. In character, the terrain was comprised of dirt and rocks, populated by scattered brush and cactus typical of the southern Arizona region.

 

 

Accident Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Report Dated: 11/23/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Prescott

Aircraft Type: Luscombe 8

Injuries: UNK

The preliminary report is not publicly available, only the above NTSB accident notice information.

 

 

Accident Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Report Dated: 11/23/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Tucson

Aircraft Type: Cessna 182H

Injuries: UNK

The preliminary report is not publicly available, only the above NTSB accident notice information.

 

 

Accident Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Report Dated: 11/16/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Sun Lakes

Aircraft Type: RV10

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

INFLIGHT LOSS OF POWER

On November 12, 2017, about 1025 MST, an experimental amateur built Vanderark RV-10 airplane impacted terrain and vegetation during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Sun Lakes. The private pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured; the airplane was substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from the Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD), about 1015.

The pilot reported that while about 15 miles south of CHD and ascending through 4,000 feet msl, he noticed a smell of antifreeze and realized the engine was overheating. The pilot reduced power to idle and executed a 180-degree turn toward CHD. As the airplane descended through about 1,500 feet agl, the pilot attempted to add power and noted no response from the engine. The pilot stated that he attempted to land at a nearby closed airport, however, realized he was unable to make it and subsequently initiated a forced landing to an area of open desert. During the landing roll, the airplane struck several scrub bushes and the nose wheel and left main landing gear collapsed.

 

 

Accident Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Report Dated: 11/20/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Casa Grande

Aircraft Type: Autogyro Cavalon

Injuries: UNK

The preliminary report is not publicly available, only the above NTSB accident notice information.  

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE FIVE ACCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED IN THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD