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The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late April, through late May. 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.

Fortunately, the accident summary is again rather short this month, covering only six accidents, with only three of them occurring this month. It appears pilots are being a bit more careful this year and are not damaging airplanes or getting hurt.

In any event, in the past reporting period, the NTSB indicated there were only three accidents that occurred, and unfortunately, one of them didn’t have the accident report released for public review. There were also three accidents from the previous period that had their factual reports issued in this reporting period, and are at the end of this report. These six reports are as follows.

THE FOLLOWING THREE ACCIDENTS OCCURRED IN THE PAST REPORTING PERIOD

 

Accident Date: April 26, 2019

Preliminary Report Dated: 5/8

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Gila Bend

Aircraft Type: PT17 Stearman

Injuries: UNK

The NTSB has not yet made a report available.

 

 

Accident Date: May 1, 2019

Preliminary Report Dated: 5/15/19

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Sedona

Aircraft Type: Beech 35

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

LOSS OF POWER AND CONTROL ON TAKEOFF

About 0935 MST, a Beech S35 airplane was substantially damaged during departure from Sedona Airport (SEZ) Sedona, Arizona. The private pilot and flight instructor were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions existed at SEZ about the time of the accident, and the personal flight was originating from SEZ when the accident occurred.

According to the pilot, he had recently purchased the airplane. The previous owner had flown the airplane from Deer Valley Airport (DVT) to SEZ for a pre-buy inspection about 1 week prior to the accident. That flight was uneventful. The inspection was completed, with no anomalies reported. The purchase was completed, and the airplane remained at SEZ, where the pilot planned to base it. The accident flight was the first flight since the flight from DVT to SEZ. The accident flight was the beginning of the process to familiarize and qualify the pilot in the airplane for insurance and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements purposes.

Both pilots reported that the preflight inspection, engine start, taxi out, and engine run-up were all normal. The pilots planned to depart from runway 21, practice some air work away from SEZ, and then return to SEZ. The takeoff roll and liftoff were normal, but just after the airplane lifted off, both pilots sensed a significant loss of engine power, the stall warning sounded, and the airplane began to roll right wing down. In response, both pilots pushed the nose down. The combination of right roll and left crosswind resulted in the airplane drifting to the right, and the airplane impacted the terrain off the right side of the runway. The airplane traversed some rough terrain adjacent to the runway, and slid to a stop on its belly.

The airplane came to rest near the intersection of runway 21 and taxiway A8. The undercarriage was collapsed and partially torn away, and the left wing sustained substantial damage. The cockpit and cabin remained intact. There was no fire. The pilots secured the airplane and exited the airplane.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. He reported that he had about 1,075 hours total flight experience, with no time in the accident airplane make and model. His most recent flight review was completed in November 2016, and his most recent FAA third class medical certificate was issued in June 2017.

The CFI held airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates, with airplane single- engine land, multi-engine land, and instrument airplane ratings. He reported that he had about 10,309 hours total flight experience, including about 845 hours in Beech Bonanza airplanes, and about 5 hours in the specific accident airplane make and model. His most recent flight review was completed in September 2017, and his most recent FAA BasicMed medical certificate was issued in June 2017.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1964, and was equipped with a Continental Motors IO-520 series engine. The pilot reported that the airplane had a total time (TT) in service of about 5,906 hours, and that the engine had a TT of about 877 hours since major overhaul. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed in August 2018.

 

 

Accident Date: May 5, 2019

Preliminary Report Dated: 5/23/19

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Red Rock

Aircraft Type: Cessna 172

Injuries: 4 Uninjured

IN FLIGHT LOSS OF POWER

On May 5, 2019, about 1756 MST, a Cessna 172F airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Red Rock, Arizona. The commercial pilot and the three passengers did not sustain injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site about the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The cross country personal flight originated from Mc Clellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) Carlsbad, California about 1445 PDT and was destined for Marana Regional Airport (AVQ).

The pilot reported that, about 15 miles northwest of AVQ, while in a descent from 5,500 ft, the engine RPM dropped from 2,600 RPM to 1,300 RPM, then dropped to 1,000 RPM where it remained throughout the duration of the accident. The pilot was unable to maintain altitude and executed a forced landing onto a dirt road.

The pilot stated that the landing touchdown was soft, however during the landing roll the left wing clipped a bush and spun the airplane to the left.

 

 

THE FOLLOWING THREE ACCIDENTS HAD OCCURRED IN THE PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD. THE ACCIDENT REPORTS WERE RELEASED IN THIS REPORTING PERIOD

 

Accident Date: April 17, 2019

Factual Report Dated: 5/7/19

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Wickenburg

Aircraft Type: Piper PA28

Injuries: 1 Minor

LOSS OF CONTROL ON LANDING

The student pilot reported that, on his second approach, he encountered "bumpy" air and the aircraft ballooned. He corrected by adding power, leveling the wings, and continuing the landing. Just prior to touching down, the right wing raised, and the airplane drifted to the left. He applied power to go-around, the stall warning activated but the airplane continued to drift left. Subsequently, the airplane aerodynamically stalled and collided with the ground. Per the photos provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane also impacted an airport taxi way sign during the accident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage.

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

About the time of the accident, the automated weather reporting station located at the airport, reported that the wind was from 270° at 6 knots. The pilot was landing the airplane on runway 23.

 

 

Accident Date: April 20, 2019

Factual Report Dated: 5/9/19

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Scottsdale

Aircraft Type: Cessna 172

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

The pilot reported that he landed right of the runway centerline and the airplane continued to drift right. He added "right rudder" and the airplane continued to the right. He "over-corrected and over-corrected back", the airplane exited the runway to the right, and impacted a runway sign. He taxied to parking without further incident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right elevator.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 7 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 150° at 6 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 03.

 

 

Accident Date: April 23, 2019

Factual Report Dated: 5/9/19

Title 14 CFR Part 91

Location: Prescott

Aircraft Type: Cessna 172

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL ON THE GROUND

The student pilot reported that while maneuvering the airplane into a parking spot, the right wing impacted a fence post. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

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