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The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from start of this year though late February. APA will use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that would help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and take the action necessary to prevent them from having similar accidents.

It would appear that we may still be attempting to recover from the government shutdown, but the following is a listing of the accidents reported by the NTSB from the first of the year to the present. There are also two accidents that occurred last year, but the reports were just released in the previous reporting period, and they are included here.

It’s a bit disturbing that there were no accidents reported by the NTSB during the entire month of December 2018. However, there was one December accident that was reported by the Aviation Safety Network that is also included on the end of this report that will probably have an NTSB report issued.

A final report of last year is still on hold for the release of information on a number of accidents that had occurred late in the year.

 

THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS OCCURRED AND WERE REPORTED BY THE NTSB IN THE PAST REPORTING PERIOD

 

Accident Date: January 3, 2019
Report Dated: 2/12 Factual Report
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Location: Prescott
Aircraft Type: Zlin Savage (Experimental Supercub Clone)
Injuries: 1 Uninjured
LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while practicing stop and go landings, the airplane touched down and immediately veered to the right. The pilot attempted to correct with opposite rudder, however the airplane ground looped to the right and exited the right side of the runway. During the ground-loop the left wing struck the ground. The airplane subsequently nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut and wing.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

At the time of the accident the airplane was landing runway 21R with the wind direction heading of 070 at 4 knots.

 

 

Accident Date: January 5, 2019
Report Dated: 2/12 Factual Report
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Location: Casa Grande
Aircraft Type: Luscombe 8A
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Uninjured
LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during landing, as soon as the main landing gear touched down, the airplane yawed to the left. He tried to correct with right rudder and applied full power for a go-around. During the go-around, the airplane seemed to continue to yaw to the left, correcting with full right rudder. The airplane continued to drift left, aerodynamically stalled, and subsequently, collided with the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage and empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

 

 

Accident Date: January 11, 2019
Report Dated: 2/4 Preliminary Report
Title 14 CFR Part 137 Agricultural
Location: Yuma
Aircraft Type: Bell 206 JetRanger
Injuries: 1 Serious
COLLISION WITH OVERHEAD WIRE

On January 11, 2019, about 2100 MST, a Bell 206B helicopter collided with a transmission wire near Yuma. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter's fuselage was substantially damaged. The helicopter was operated as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated from Somerton, Arizona, at about 1800. 

The operator reported that the pilot had been spraying fields for about 2 hours. The pilot was advised of wires in a field he was about to spray, and before loading, he flew to the field to look for them. As he was flying north over the field, the helicopter collided with the east/west running wires that were about 30 ft above the ground. The wire wrapped around the mast, and the helicopter subsequently collided with the ground coming to rest inverted. 

The pilot reported that he never saw the wires, and that there were no mechanical anomalies with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation. The operator reported that this accident could possibly have been prevented if the field had been looked at during the daylight.

 

 

Accident Date: January 19, 2019
Report Dated: 2/12 Preliminary Report
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Location: Roll
Aircraft Type: Hill Group LLC CCX-2000 (Carbon Cub Experimental)
Injuries: 1 Uninjured
INFLIGHT LOSS OF POWER

On January 19, 2019, about 1400 MST, an experimental amateur built Hill Group LLC, CCX-2000 airplane was substantially damaged during an off-airport landing following a loss of engine power near Roll, Arizona. The airline transport pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The cross-country flight originated from Yuma about 30 minutes prior, with an intended destination of Chandler. 

The pilot reported that during cruise flight at an altitude of about 1,000 ft above ground level, the engine began to run rough. He reduced engine power, increased the mixture, and engaged the emergency fuel pump and backup ignition, which yielded no change in the engine performance. Shortly after, the engine began to vibrate and subsequently lost all power. The pilot initiated an off-airport landing to a nearby clearing in the open desert. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a ditch and nosed over. 
Examination of the airplane by the pilot revealed that the airplane sustained structural damage to the left wing.

 

 

Accident Date: February 8, 2019
Report Dated: 2/20 Unreleased Preliminary Report
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Location: Page
Aircraft Type: Kitfox IV Speedster

No other information released at this time.

 

 

THE FOLLOWING TWO REPORTS ARE FOR ACCIDENTS REPORTED EARLIER THAT FINALLY HAD THEIR DETAILED REPORTS ISSUED IN THE PAST REPORTING PERIOD.

 

Accident Date: November 3, 2018
Report Dated: 2/11 Preliminary Report
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Location: Red Creek
Aircraft Type: Aviat A1
Injuries: 2 Uninjured
LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during landing on a backcountry dirt airstrip in calm wind, the airplane decelerated, but the tail would not come down. He thought it might have been due to slightly hard braking, so he released the brakes, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The Arizona Pilot's Association and The Recreational Aviation Foundation created a pamphlet about this airport. It stated multiple hazards, including varying surface conditions, hard and soft areas. It also stated to use "at your own risk" and "injury and loss of aircraft are possible."

 

 

Accident Date: November 17, 2018
Report Dated: 1/31 Preliminary Report
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Location: Lake Pleasant
Aircraft Type: Scottish Aviation Bulldog, Series 100, MDL 101
Injuries: 2 Minor Injuries
INFLIGHT LOSS OF POWER

On November 17, 2018 at 1300 MST, an experimental Scottish Aviation Series 100 MDL 101 experienced a loss of engine power and the pilot initiated a forced landing on the lake near Lake Pleasant, Arizona. The private pilot and passenger received minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight around the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed the Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT), Phoenix, Arizona, at an unknown time. 

The pilot reported that after accomplishing a preflight check, which included checking the oil and sumping the fuel, he then fueled the airplane before taxiing to the run-up area. After the run-up check was completed, the flight departed to the north toward Lake Pleasant for sightseeing. The pilot stated that while over the lake about 700 ft above water level, the engine started to shake and subsequently lost power. The pilot performed a restart that included turning the auxiliary fuel pump on and dove the airplane toward the water in hope of assisting in the engine restart. The engine started but was producing about 50% power. A glider port was just south of the lake that the pilot thought that he might be able to make, however, the engine again lost power when he placed the airplane in a climb attitude. The pilot subsequently initiated a landing on the lake. After touch down, the airplane sank. 

Witnesses from different locations reported seeing a low-flying airplane in the area. One witness at a boat ramp saw the airplane traveling in a westerly direction about 40 ft above the water. He did not hear any unusual noises emanating from the engine. Another witness, traveling in his jet boat reported that the airplane crashed about 20 ft in front of him. The witness stated that the passenger was able to get out of the airplane quickly, but the pilot had a more difficult time getting out of the airplane. An additional witness reported that the airplane came over the hills at a low altitude and made a sweeping right turn toward the north. It then gained altitude, where the witness lost sight of it as it disappeared into a canyon. The witness stated that the engine sounded normal, but that the airplane was flying erratically.

According to the pilot, the engine was rebuilt about 2 years ago and had about 100-150 hours in service. The mixture was approximately one-half inch lean and the auxiliary pump was in the ON position as he was flying low.

 

THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENT OCCURRED IN DECEMBER 2018 AND HAS NOT YET BEEN REPORTED BY THE NTSB. INFORMATION IS FROM THE AVIATION SAFETY NETWORK

 

2019 3 accident report

Accident Date: December 19, 2018
Aviation Safety Network Report & Local Media
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Location: Sedona
Aircraft Type: Beechcraft A36
Injuries: 3 Uninjured
RUNWAY OVERRUN LANDING

The airplane took off, and a door or hatch came open, and the pilot returned to land. The airplane landed downhill and ran off the end of the runway.

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