The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from late May through late June. 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 relatively short this reporting period, covering only five accidents, with three of them occurring in June. It appears pilots are still being a bit more cautious and are not damaging airplanes and getting hurt.

In this past reporting period, the NTSB indicated there were five accidents that occurred, and unfortunately, three of them didn’t have their preliminary accident reports released for public review. The five reports are as follows:



Accident Date: May 13, 2019

Preliminary Report Dated: 6/6

Title 14 CFR Part 91 Operation

Location: Gila Bend

Aircraft Type: Piper PA 28R

Injuries: 1 Minor


On May 13, 2019, about 0926 MST, a Piper PA-28R was substantially damaged during a runway excursion at Gila Bend Airport (GBN). The commercial pilot and sole occupant received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight, and a flight plan was filed, but not activated for the cross-country flight that departed Marana (AVQ) at 0915.

According to the pilot's recount, he descended the airplane from 4,500 ft, and used the standard acronym "GUMP" as a landing checklist, which requires the pilot to verify that the landing gear is in the desired position. During this time, he may not have verified the position of the landing gear through the gear indicator due to heavy traffic in the airport traffic pattern. In the last 2 minutes of his approach to the runway, an aural alarm engaged, which he dismissed as a false stall warning. The pilot later surmised that the aural warning may have been part of a feature that automatically extends the landing gear when the airplane reaches a low altitude. As he reached the runway surface, he flared the nose and the airplane touched down on the main landing gear. He heard a sound as he lowered the nose and decided to add some power. The airplane turned about 45° to the left, despite the pilot's attempt to maintain directional control, and departed the left side of the runway before coming to rest in the dirt.

A witness who was piloting an airplane on a nearby taxiway observed the accident airplane when it was about 30 ft above ground level without the landing gear extended. The landing gear was not extended when the airplane began to flare. The witness attempted to advise the pilot of the landing gear anomaly on the airport's Common Traffic Advisory Frequency, but the airplane impacted the ground and departed the left side of the runway.

Post-accident examination of the airplane by representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration revealed substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. Additionally, the runway surface showed striated gouges and two long skid marks that traced the airplane's departure path from the runway.



Accident Date: May 23, 2019

Preliminary Report Dated: 6/17/19

Title 14 CFR Part 91 Operation

Location: Nogalas

Aircraft Type: Cessna 172

Injuries: UNK




Accident Date: June 2, 2019

Preliminary Report Dated: 6/4/19

Title 14 CFR Part 91 Operation

Location: Sedona

Aircraft Type: Taylorcraft 12BC

Injuries: UNK




Accident Date: June 5, 2019

Preliminary Report Dated: 6/19/19

Title 14 CFR Part 91 Operation

Location: Sedona

Aircraft Type: Cameron A-275 (Balloon)

Injuries: UNK




Accident Date: June 11, 2019

Preliminary Report Dated: 6/19/19

Title 14 CFR Part 91 Operation

Location: Phoenix

Aircraft Type: Mooney M20V

Injuries: 1 Serious


On June 11, 2019, about 1451 MST, a Mooney M20V airplane collided with street light poles and a concrete Jersey barrier during a forced landing near Deer Valley Airport (DVT). The private pilot was seriously injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the cross-country personal flight. The flight departed Scottsdale Airport (SDL) about 1437, and it was destined for Carson Airport (CXP), Carson City, Nevada.

According to Air Traffic Control (ATC) communications, about 7 minutes after departure, and about 8 miles northwest of DVT, at an altitude of 9,100 ft mean sea level (MSL), the pilot reported a "rough running engine" and subsequently declared an emergency. The controller offered the pilot Pleasant Valley Airport (P48), which was near his position, and Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU), 12 miles south of his position for possible landing airports. The pilot chose GEU, and turned to the south, and lined up for the approach to runway 19. A few minutes later, at about 4,700 ft msl, the pilot decided that he was not going to reach GEU, and turned eastward towards DVT which was about 8 miles to the east. No other transmissions from the pilot were recorded. The track continued on its eastern track before it ended near the accident site, about 2 miles west of DVT.

According to a witness, he stated that he saw the airplane as it approached the street from the west, avoiding high tension wires on the south side of the street by banking to its left. The airplane then impacted two light poles, separating the right wing, and somersaulting across the south side of the street, impacting a concrete Jersey barrier, and sliding about 50 ft before coming to rest inverted.

The wreckage debris field was about 360 ft long, and was contained within the 4-lane street, and on the south side sidewalk area. The main wreckage cabin area was mostly consumed by post impact fire. All flight control surfaces were located, and flight control continuity was established. Engine control continuity was also established from the cabin engine controls to their associated engine components. During the recovery of the wreckage, it was noted that the left-wing fuel tank contained an undetermined quantity of fuel.

The airplane was manufactured in 2019 and was purchased by the pilot on May 6, 2019.


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