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The following are the reports of aviation accidents and incidents that occurred in Arizona from late May through late June. APA will be using this detailed 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 occurrences.

Aviation safety this reporting period has not been the greatest, in that we had a fatal accident late in the reporting period. Fortunately, the number of accidents and incidents are down a bit this time from last month, but they are still higher than they really should be. Apparently, the virus pandemic hasn’t really resulted in pilots not flying, because based on the number of incidents, and pilot deviations that had occurred in the reporting period, it’s obvious pilots are flying, and they still aren’t paying attention or thinking about what they’re doing.

In continuing with the expanded scope of the report, using information from the ASN, FAA, NTSB, and APA members, I hope this report will give you an idea what is happening out there, and assist you in avoiding the same mistakes others have made, and help make your flying safer.

 

THE FOLLOWING IS THE INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE ASN, FAA, NTSB, AND APA MEMBERS

 

Accident Date: May 18, 2021

Info. Source: ASN, FAA

Location: Mesa Falcon Field

Type: Piper PA28-180

3 Uninjured

LOSS OF POWER (RAN OUT OF FUEL)

The aircraft departed runway 4R, and shortly after declared they were losing power, and were going down. The airplane landed the opposite direction of traffic on the 202 freeway between Higley and Recker roads. Minor damage was incurred when one wing hit the median wall and the other wing hit a cement truck.

 

 

Accident Date: May 19, 2021

Info. Source: FAA

Location: Chandler

Aircraft Type: Beechcraft 90L King Air

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

RAN OFF RUNWAY AFTER BRAKE PROBLEM

In making an IFR arrival, the airplane landed on runway 4L at Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD) and departed the runway approximately 3,700 feet down the runway, and went into the infield between the parallel runways. The pilot reported he had a brake issue. No damage was reported.

 

 

Accident Date: May 20, 2021

Info. Source: ASN, FAA

Location: Lake Havasu

Aircraft Type: Beechcraft King Air 200

Injuries: 9 Uninjured

NOSE GEAR DIDN’T EXTEND PROPERLY

Following an inflight landing gear anomaly indication, the aircraft landed sustaining substantial damage at Lake Havasu City Airport (HII) when the nose gear collapsed during the landing. The nine occupants onboard the airplane were not injured during the incident. Aircraft had departed Scottsdale airport (SDL) with a destination of Lake Havasu.

 

 

Accident Date: May 21, 2021

Info Source: NTSB, FAA

Location: Phoenix

Aircraft Type: Cessna TU206G

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

After a flight from Tucson to Phoenix the airplane experienced a loss of control after landing on runway 25L at PHX and struck a wing tip. The assessment of the wing damage was extensive. The aircraft had a Mexican Registry.

 

 

Accident Date: May 27, 2021

Info. Source: NTSB, FAA

Location: Prescott

Aircraft Type: Cessna 182 (RG)

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED ON LANDING

The aircraft landing gear collapsed after landing on runway 21L at Prescott. The damage was reported to be substantial.

 

 

Accident Date: May 30, 2021

Info Source: FAA

Location: Phoenix (DVT)

Aircraft Type: Luscombe 8A

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

COLLISION WITH ANOTHER AIRCRAFT WHILE TAXIING ON THE RAMP

After landing, and during taxi in the parking area on the ramp, the Luscombe struck a parked, unoccupied Beech 35 Bonanza. The left brake had failed while on the ramp, causing the collision. An examination of the mechanical brakes disclosed a bolt was missing on the left brake, and the control cable had disconnected from the brake arm. Further examination disclosed the right brake cable retaining bolt was installed upside-down with an incorrect nut.

 

 

Accident Date: June 4, 2021

Info. Source: FAA

Location: Winslow

Aircraft Type: Piper PA23-250 Aztec F

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

EMERGENCY EXIT HATCH “BLEW OUT” IN FLIGHT

Approximately 30 nautical miles east of Winslow, the left side emergency exit hatch “blew out” of the aircraft at 10,500 ft. altitude. The aircraft made a safe landing at Winslow, and no further aircraft damage was noted.

There was no report of ground damage occurring from falling debris, and the hatch was not recovered.

 

 

Accident Date: June 15, 2021

Info. Source: ASN, APA Members

Location: Marana

Type: Cessna 182T

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

IN FLIGHT LOSS OF POWER

The Cessna 182T Skylane experienced in flight engine issues and landed on an interstate. 

The airplane was loaded on a truck and transported to a nearby airport for examination.

 

 

Accident Date: June 15, 2021

Info Source: ASN

Location: Gila Bend 

Aircraft Type: Quickie Q2 Tri-Q

Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious Injury

CRASHED AND BURNED ON TAKEOFF

The aircraft, an experimentally built QAC Tri-Q Quickie, impacted the terrain shortly after takeoff from Gila Bend Municipal Airport (E63). One person was ejected from the aircraft in the crash and was airlifted to a hospital.

The airplane was destroyed by the ensuing post-crash fire, and one of the two occupants onboard was fatally injured. The second occupant onboard was seriously injured.

 

 

Accident Date: June 15, 2021

Info Source: ASN, APA Member

Location: Phoenix DVT 

Aircraft Type: Zenair CH601 XL Zodiac

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED ON LANDING

The aircraft landed and the nose gear collapsed during the rollout.

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