By Jim TimmJimTimm


In this regular reporting of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona, we must continue to help pilots 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) reported four accidents that had occurred within the state of Arizona. Unfortunately two of the reports were devoid of accident information. The only information provided was the date of the accident, aircraft identification and location of the occurrence.

Fortunately, the number of accidents reported occurring this past period were low and they were not severe accidents, at least those that we have information for. One of the four accidents covered in this report occurred last October and is just now being reported by the NTSB. As you can see, there may have been some accidents in this past period that have not yet had the reports prepared and published. Hopefully, these will be covered in a future report.

The two accidents that we do have information for did not have any injuries resulting from the accident. In both cases, the accident was the result of loss of control during landing and also in both cases the damage resulted from the aircraft striking runway signs off the side of the runway.

We must do what we can to examine what is happening and not let something similar happen to us. We need to keep the accident numbers down.

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

Accident Date; Saturday, October 19, 2013 Final report issued 12/18/2013
Title 14 CFR Part 91 (No preliminary report issued)
Location; Tucson
Aircraft; Piper PA28-160
Injuries; 1 Uninjured

The pilot reported that during the landing roll she had a difficult time slowing the airplane down and thought there might be a problem with the brakes. After overcorrecting with right rudder the airplane veered off of the right side of the runway, where it impacted a runway sign and a taxiway light before coming to rest upright. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing's leading edge spar. A post accident examination of the brake system revealed no evidence of a mechanical malfunction or failure that would have precluded normal operation.

There were no pilot details available and the NTSB did not issue any findings or probable cause as part of the final report.

Accident Date; Monday, December 9, 2013
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Location; Chandler
Aircraft; AVIAT Aircraft Inc. S2-C
Injuries; 2 Uninjured

On December 9, 2013 about 1500 MST, a Pitts S2-C airplane sustained substantial damage subsequent to a loss of control on landing at the Chandler Municipal Airport. The flight instructor and private pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The airplane was being operated as an instructional flight.

The flight instructor reported that he and the private pilot were practicing aerobatic maneuvers and had returned back to the airport to practice touch-and-go landings. On the third touch-and-go landing the airplane drifted to the right side of the runway just prior to touching down. The flight instructor took over the controls and executed a go-around. During the go-around the flight instructor felt a slight buffet and on the flight back to the airport, noticed some damage to the lower right wingtip.

After landing, the flight instructor realized that the airplane's right wing had struck a runway identifier sign on the previous touch-and-go landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

Accident Date; Saturday, January 4, 2014
Location; Marana
Aircraft; Cessna 140


Accident Date; Friday, January 10, 2014
Location; Lake Havasu
Aircraft; Maule M7-235



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