The following are the reports of aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from late February through late March. 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 really pretty good this reporting period, especially when compared to what happened last month, but the accidents that did happen this period really shouldn’t have happened, needless to say. The first accident in this report was late in getting released, and didn’t make last month’s deadline, so it’s being included in this report. In reality, this first item really is not so much of an accident but more of an incident because of the relatively minor aircraft damage. However, it had the potential of being a serious accident if the bird had penetrated the windshield and struck the pilot causing him to lose control of the aircraft. The next to last accident in this report (a Kitfox) probably shouldn’t really be included as an accident either because there wasn’t any aircraft damage incurred, but it does illustrate the point that, no matter what happens in flight, you should keep a cool head and don’t stop flying the airplane, even after it safely touches down on the ground, and then wait until it comes to a safe controlled stop before you then relax, not before. Fortunately, none of the six accidents listed involved any fatalities, only some bent airplanes and some injuries. Review the following limited information we have, and please, try not to make similar errors.

The NTSB finally launched their new accident reporting website. Unfortunately, it’s not very useful in providing helpful information. It does advise that an accident has occurred that involved structural damage to an airplane, the date, the airplane type, and if a Preliminary Report is in process. If a Preliminary Report is in process, copies of NTSB forms are available with Aircraft/Operator Information, Meteorological Information and Flight Plan, and Wreckage and Impact Information with only single word responses to form items. No preliminary report details are provided as before. The only information really available is that a structurally damaged aircraft accident has occurred with date and location. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to get the site to sort which accidents each month had occurred in Arizona. Unfortunately, the “New and Improved” NTSB website isn’t very useful in preparing monthly informational reports for you. In the meantime we’ll continue with the limited information reports from the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), and the SDL-FSDO until something else happens.




Date: February 16, 2021

Location: Gila Bend

Aircraft: Piper PA28-181

Injuries: 1 Uninjured


The aircraft experienced a bird strike to the windshield during takeoff from Gila Bend airport (E63). The pilot was uninjured, and damage extent was unknown.



Accident Date: February 26, 2021

Location: Tucson

Aircraft Type: Beech G35

Injuries: 1 Uninjured


The aircraft sustained unspecified damage, and the pilot was uninjured when the airplane made a gear up landing on runway 11L at TUS.



Accident Date: March 11, 2021

Location: Arlington

Aircraft Type: CubCrafters Carbon Cub CC11-160

Injuries: 2 Uninjured


The aircraft sustained substantial damage upon impact with cacti during an off-airport landing in Maricopa County at Arlington. The sole pilot onboard the tailwheel equipped airplane received serious injuries.



Accident Date: March 16, 2021

Location: Phoenix

Aircraft Type: Piper PA46-350P

Injuries: 1 Uninjured


The aircraft departed Farmington, NM (FMN) with a destination of Phoenix Deer Valley airport (DVT). Upon landing at DVT the airplane veered off the runway. Damage was unreported.



Accident Date: March 17, 2021

Location: Mesa

Aircraft Type: Denny Kitfox III 

Injuries: 1 Uninjured


The aircraft, an experimental Donald F Laurence amateur built Kitfox III, experienced a loss of directional control and subsequent runway excursion during a precautionary return to the point of departure at Falcon Field Airport (FFZ), Mesa. The tailwheel equipped airplane was not damaged and the sole pilot onboard was not injured during the incident.



Accident Date: March 28, 2021

Location: Avra Valley

Aircraft Type: Cirrus SR22 GTS

Injuries: 2 Uninjured


The Cirrus SR22 aircraft departed Tucson International Airport (TUS) and shortly after made a forced landing in the desert on Pump Station Road in the Avra Valley area. The extent of aircraft damage was undetermined; however, the two people onboard were uninjured. 

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