By Jim Timm JimTimm

January 2018 

 

The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late November, 2017, through late December, 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.

The past reporting period was rather poor. There are seven accidents covered in this report with six of them being reported by the NTSB for the past reporting period. Unfortunately, of the six accidents reported, only two of reports contained detailed information. In this reporting period they also just released a notice of an accident that had occurred in the October reporting period. This notice and unpublished preliminary report was released 12/11/17.

The only positive thing was that the accidents this month were all minor in nature, and that none of the accidents involved fatalities. 2017 really didn’t end very well. All of us need to make a resolution to fly much more carefully in the new year by planning and thinking ahead! Please fly safe!

 

THE FOLLOWING IS THE ACCIDENT THAT OCCURRED EARLIER AND IS NOW BEING REPORTED WITHOUT DETAILS.

 

Accident Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Accident Report Dated: 12/11/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Chandler

Aircraft Type: Titan T-51

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

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

 

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

 

Accident Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017

Report Dated: 11/27/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Overgaard

Aircraft Type: Kitfox Model 4 1200

Injuries: UNK

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

 

Accident Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017

Report Dated: 11/28/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Tucson

Aircraft Type: Mooney M20

Injuries: UNK

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

 

Accident Date: Monday, November 27, 2017

Report Dated: 12/7/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Tucson

Aircraft Type: Columbia LC41-550FG

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

BRAKE FIRE AFTER TWO ABORTED TAKEOFF ATTEMPTS

On November 27, 2017, about 1205 MST, a Columbia LC41 550FG experienced a brake fire after an aborted takeoff at La Cholla Airpark (57AZ), Tucson. The pilot and the pilot-rated passenger were not injured; the airplane sustained structural damage to the fuselage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight, and no flight plan had been filed. 

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator in charge, the pilot reported that the engine surged during takeoff roll and he aborted the takeoff. He waited for the engine to run smoothly, then attempted another takeoff, but the engine surged again. He aborted the takeoff a second time and, during the aborted takeoff roll, the brakes caught fire. The fire damaged the brake hydraulic lines and the airplane subsequently rolled off the runway.

 

Accident Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Report Dated: 12/13/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Glendale

Aircraft Type: Piper PA 34 200T

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

On December 5, 2017, about 1835 MST, a Piper PA-34-200T was substantially damaged during a runway excursion after landing at Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU). The certified flight instructor (CFI) and a commercial pilot were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight, and no flight plan had been filed. 

Both pilots reported that during landing roll, the left wing dipped. Despite their control inputs, the airplane veered to the left side of the runway, collided with a runway sign, and came to a stop in a grassy area. During the landing sequence, the left main landing gear collapsed.

 

Accident Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Report Dated: 12/11/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Public Aircraft  (US Department of Homeland Security)

Location: Tucson

Aircraft Type: Eurocopter AS 350 B3

Injuries: UNK

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

 

Accident Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Report Dated: 12/28/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Phoenix

Aircraft Type: AVIAT Aircraft A 1

Injuries: UNK

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

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

 

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