By Jim Timm JimTimm

May 2016

The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from early March thru late April, 2016. We will use this detailed accident information in the coming year to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and hopefully take the action necessary to prevent similar accidents from happening to them. We need to get the pilots to fly more carefully in 2016 and prevent needless accidents or incidents.

From a flight safety standpoint, this reporting period was not as good as it could have been, but fortunately, there were no fatalities. Apparently none of the accidents involved serious injuries if any. In this past reporting period there were four accidents reported by the NTSB and unfortunately only one of the four reports contained detailed accident information. I’ve also include in this report two accidents that were not reported by the NTSB and probably won’t be because there were no injuries and probably no major structural damage, and therefore may be classified as incidents. These incidents, while costly could have been serious , and probably could have been avoided.

Accident Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Scottsdale

Aircraft Type: Cessna 172


Accident Date: Thursday March 10, 2016

Report Dated 3/29/16

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Prescott

Aircraft Type: Lancair ES

Injuries: 1 Uninjured


About 1522 MST on March 10, a Thomas D. Parkes Lancair ES was substantially damaged following a forced landing due to a partial loss of power at Ernest A. Love Field (PRC), Prescott. The airline transport rated pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that after taking off from Runway 21 and at an altitude of about 50 feet above ground level, he experienced a partial loss of engine power near taxiway C. The pilot stated that he attempted to land on the airport's north ramp at taxiway B, but during the descent the nose landing gear impacted a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) light standard before impacting terrain and coming to rest upright between Runway 12 and the terminal ramp.

A Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector performed a post-accident examination of the airplane on March 24, 2016. As a result of the examination, the inspector reported that the engine mount had punctured through the composite firewall. Additionally, the engine mount was observed to have sustained multiple fractures.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan was filed for the flight.

Accident Date: Monday, April 4, 2016

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Supai

Aircraft Type: Bell 206


Accident Date: Monday, April 11, 2016

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Glendale

Aircraft Type: Cessna 310

Injuries: 2 Uninjured



Because there may not have been any major structural damage and there were no injuries, an NTSB report may not be issued. The airplane encountered a nose gear malfunction that did not lock it down and it collapsed on landing. It appeared that both engines experienced prop strikes and a sudden stoppage. The airplane slid to a stop near the runway centerline.

Accident Date: Monday, April 11, 2016

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Deer Valley

Aircraft Types: Piper PA44-180 Seminole 3 persons on board.

Piper PA28-181 Archer 1 person on board.

Injuries: 4 uninjured



Because there may not have been any significant structural damage and there were no injuries, an NTSB report may not be issued. The two TransPac aircraft experienced wingtip contact in the run up area at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport. The airplanes sustained unreported damage and the four occupants onboard the two aircraft were not injured.

Accident Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Chandler

Aircraft Type: MONOCOUPE 110 Special

Injuries: 1 uninjured



Per the Aviation Safety Network, The aircraft experienced a loss of directional control and subsequent runway excursion upon landing on Runway 4L at Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD). The airplane came to rest inverted, sustaining substantial damage, and the sole pilot onboard was not injured.

I hope a low accident and serious injury rate can continue for 2016, and I also hope we have met our quota for fatal accidents for 2016. Please fly carefully out there! Based on information available when this summary was prepared, the three accidents in this period are as follows:

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