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The following are the reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late January through 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.

Aviation safety was not very good this reporting period in that there were nine accidents reported by the FAA and the Aviation Safety Network (ASN). Fortunately, none of them had serious injuries or fatalities, and it’s difficult to understand why we had this sudden and dramatic increase in occurrences. For the first part of the year the numbers were down, and I had hoped they would stay down, but they didn’t. Please everyone, be a bit more cautious in your flight operations.

Hopefully, the NTSB will be getting their new and improved accident reporting website up and operating again soon. In the meantime, here are the results from the ASN and FAA notes.

 

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED BY THE ASN & FAA

 

Date: January 31, 2020

Location: Sedona

Aircraft: Cirrus SF50

Injuries: 3 Uninjured

NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED ON LANDING

The aircraft experienced a nose gear collapse upon landing at Sedona Airport (SEZ). The airplane sustained minor damage and the three occupants onboard were not injured during the incident.

 

 

Accident Date: February 7, 2021

Location: Chandler

Aircraft Type: Piper PA28-180

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

IN FLIGHT LOSS OF ENGINE COWL

The aircraft sustained unspecified wing damage subsequent to an inflight detachment of the unsecured engine cowling during an attempted return to the point of departure at Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD). The cowling hit the wing when it detached and landed in an apartment complex north of the airport.

 

 

Accident Date: February 8, 2021

Location: Mesa

Aircraft Type: McDonnell-Douglas MD500E 

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

HARD LANDING

While practicing autorotations, the McDonnell Douglas MD 500E (369E) aircraft experienced a main rotor blade strike to the tail boom subsequent to a hard landing at Falcon Field Airport (FFZ), Mesa. The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the two pilots onboard were not injured during the accident.

 

 

Accident Date: February 10, 2021

Location: Chandler (P19)

Aircraft Type: Cessna 337D

Injuries: Uninjured, Number UNK.

GEAR UP LANDING

The Cessna 337D airplane made a gear up landing at Stellar Airpark in Chandler. The airplane sustained damage to the belly of the airplane, and the occupants were uninjured in the incident.

 

 

Accident Date: February 12, 2021

Location: Gold Canyon

Aircraft Type: Stearman IB75A 

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

IN FLIGHT LOSS OF POWER

Following a loss of engine power during aerobatic maneuvering, the aircraft landed in desert terrain near Gold Canyon, Arizona. The biplane was not damaged and the sole pilot onboard was not injured during the incident. The airplane had departed FFZ and was planning on returning to FFZ. The airplane landed in the desert just south of the Renaissance Festival grounds.

 

 

Accident Date: February 16, 2021

Location: Quartzsite

Aircraft Type: Cub Crafters Carbon Cub CCK-1865 

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

GROUND LOSS OF CONTROL

The aircraft, an experimental Kara K Cornum amateur built Carbon Cub CCK-1865, experienced cactus contact and subsequent ground loop to ditch terrain in La Paz County at Quartzsite Airport, Quartzsite, Arizona. The tailwheel equipped airplane sustained substantial damage, and the two occupants onboard were not injured.

 

 

Accident Date: February 18, 2021

Location: Carefree

Aircraft Type: Aviat A-1C-200 

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

The aircraft sustained unreported damage subsequent to a ground loop during landing at Sky Ranch at Carefree (18AZ). The two occupants onboard were not injured during the incident. The airplane had departed Albuquerque-Double Eagle Airport with a destination of Sky Ranch, Carefree.

 

 

Accident Date: February 24, 2021

Location: St Johns

Aircraft Type: American Yankee AA-18 

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

HARD LANDING

The American AA-18 Yankee departed Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR) for Saint Johns Municipal Airport (SJN), and the aircraft experienced unreported damage subsequent to a hard landing in gusting wind conditions at St Johns Industrial Air Park.

 

 

Accident Date: February 27, 2021

Location: Marana

Aircraft Type: Cessna 150E 

Injuries: 1 Minor Injuries

IN FLIGHT LOSS OF POWER

The Cessna 150E departed Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD) on a ferry/positioning flight to Avra Valley Airport (AVQ), and experienced an inflight loss of power and made a forced landing in a farm field southeast of Pinal Airpark (MZJ). The airplane came to rest inverted, sustaining substantial damage, and the sole pilot received minor injuries.

 

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