The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late June through late July. The Arizona Pilots Association uses this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others, and hopefully they will take the action necessary to prevent similar accidents from happening to them.

While this reporting period wasn’t the best, it was fortunate that the number of accidents were down from a few months ago. However, it’s unfortunate that one of the five accidents this period did result in a fatality that may have been a classic stall/spin occurrence on approach to landing.

Of the five accidents reported this period, two were accident notices only, and did not contain any accident details. Details of the other three accidents are contained in this report. There was a Cessna 172 accident that had occurred very late in June that was in the local news, but has not yet been recognized by the NTSB. It’s also a bit unnerving in that when this report was being prepared at the end of July, there were no accidents reported for the entire month of July. Given our past performance I find this very hard to believe. In spite of the heat, I’m sure people were flying, so I’m wondering if all the NTSB investigators have gone on vacation at the same time. I would hope we have turned the corner and are flying safer.




Accident Date: Monday, June 11, 2018

Report Dated: 6/27/2018 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Benson

Aircraft Type: Cessna 170

Injuries: UNK

The NTSB did not release any details other than the above information. An eye witness of this accident shared with the APA that this was a ground loop during the takeoff of this recently restored aircraft.



Accident Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018

Report Dated: 7/10/2018 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Page

Aircraft Type: Piper PA 31

Injuries: 2 Uninjured


On June 16, 2018, about 1300 MST, a Piper, PA-31-350 sustained substantial damage after the collapse of the nose gear during landing at Page Municipal Airport. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. 

According to the pilot, after landing, the airplane veered to the right and shortly thereafter, the nose gear collapsed. He further stated that he was unable to maintain directional control of the airplane and subsequently, the airplane exited the runway.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country ferry flight.



Accident Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Report Dated: 7/10/18 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Aguila

Aircraft Type: Cirrus Design Corp. SR22

Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor


On June 19, 2018, about 1200 MST a Cirrus Design Corp. SR22 experienced a loss of engine power and made an emergency landing near Aguila. The pilot was seriously injured and the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was destroyed in the post-crash fire. The flight departed from Scottsdale Airport (SDL) at 1140. The flight was destined for Lake Havasu City Airport (HII), Lake Havasu, Arizona. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight.

According to personnel from the aircraft rental company, the pilot reported that while in cruise flight he noticed the engine's oil temperature rise significantly followed by a sudden drop in oil pressure. The pilot reported that the rpm exceeded redline, and then the engine seized a short time later. The pilot deployed the ballistic parachute, and the airplane settled into a stand of trees prior to impact with the ground.



Accident Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Report Dated: 6/27/2018 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Goodyear

Aircraft Type: Piper PA 30

Injuries: UNK

The NTSB did not release any details other than the above information.



Accident Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Report Dated: 7/9/2018 Preliminary Report

Title 14 CFR Part 91 

Location: Aguila

Aircraft Type: Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus (Glider)

Injuries: 1 Fatal


On June 23, 2018, about 1408 MST a Schempp-Hirth glider sustained substantial damage after impact with terrain while maneuvering near Sampley's Airport (28AZ), Aguila, Arizona. The glider pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The flight originated from 28AZ about 1359. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed.

According to witnesses located at the airport, the pilot arrived at the airport about 1100 local. Witnesses stated the pilot had flown one three-minute flight that morning, in the glider, prior to the accident flight.

The driver of the glider tow vehicle reported that the launch was normal and no anomalies occurred. He observed the glider depart the upwind and turn right crosswind for the downwind. He noted that the glider was about 1,000 ft above the ground (AGL) while on the downwind. He began to reel in the tow line, about 3 minutes later, and observed the glider near the approach end of runway traveling west. He further reported that the glider made two right 360° turns that he estimated to be about 30° bank angle, while at 400 ft above the ground. The aircraft then abruptly pitched 60 degrees nose down and completed two spins before he lost sight of it. The glider was about 100 ft above the ground when he lost sight of it.

The glider impacted the driveway of a home. The homeowner notified the Aguila Fire Department about 1408. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was notified at 1418. 



For a brief look at what has happened in 2017 based on the NTSB reports made available:

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