By Jim Timm JimTimm

July 2017 


The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late May 2017 through late June 2017. We can 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 take the action necessary to prevent similar accidents from happening to them.

This reporting period has not been too bad in that there were only four accidents reported, down one from last period, and there were no fatalities or injuries reported. The down side to everything is that the NTSB has not been making public the preliminary accident reports in a very timely manner. This month there are two accidents where the preliminary reports that have not been released, only the accident notification was published. We need to determine what is happening in the NTSB accident reporting system that is causing the delays in receiving information in a timely manner.

Following is the information available:


Accident Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017

Report Dated: 6/19/17 Final Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Prescott

Aircraft Type: Cessna 190

Injuries:  2 Uninjured


The pilot of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during a right turn from the runway to the taxiway, he "exited too fast" and the airplane ground looped to the right. He added that he taxied the airplane to the ramp without further incident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no pre accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that about the time of the accident the wind was 050° at 7 knots. The airplane landed on runway 21L.



Accident Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Report Dated: 6/21/17 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Peach Springs

Aircraft Type: Eurocopter EC 130 B4

Injuries:  UNK Nonfatal

Preliminary report is not publicly available, only the above NTSB notice.



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Accident Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Report Dated: 6/19 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Goodyear

Aircraft Type: Titan T-51

Injuries:  1 Uninjured


On June 4, 2017, at 0917 MST, an experimental Titan Aircraft T-51 Mustang lost engine power during takeoff from Phoenix Goodyear Airport. The flight instructor pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and aft fuselage during the forced landing. 

The pilot reported that immediately after takeoff, the airplane began to vibrate. It felt like one of the wheels was still spinning, so he applied the brakes, but it continued. As he transitioned the airplane to the downwind leg, the vibration increased and the engine began to stream smoke. As he initiated a return to runway 21, the cockpit filled with smoke, and the engine lost power. Unable to reach the runway, he landed short in the adjacent dirt area, where the landing gear collapsed.

The airplane was equipped with a Suzuki six-cylinder, 2.7-liter automobile engine. Post-accident examination revealed two holes in the lower left side of the engines crankcase, adjacent to the cylinder number 4 crankshaft journal.

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



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Accident Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Report Dated: 6/5/17 Preliminary Report (Unpublished)

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Payson

Aircraft Type: Cessna 172

Injuries:  2 Survived, Injuries UNK.


Airplane departed controlled flight during go around at Payson Municipal Airport.

Preliminary report is not publicly available, only the above NTSB notice.

Only newspaper and TV information available.

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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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