by Jim Timm

The following are the reports of aviation accidents and incidents that have occurred in Arizona from late December, 2021, through January, 2022. 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 was a mixed bag this reporting period because we are wrapping up the end of year 2021 and starting a new reporting year. The report starts with two accidents that wrap up last year, and one of them resulted in a fatality that occurred on the last day of the year. The start of the new year was both good and bad. The good part is that there haven’t been any fatalities, only minor, or largely no injuries. The bad part is that there were far too many accidents. As we move into the new year, I hope the number of accidents and incidents will decline and remain free of fatalities. So, let’s put our minds to it and try to make it happen, and most of all, please fly safe!


To provide the most information possible, the following information was obtained from the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), FAA, NTSB and from our APA members.


DATE: December 21, 2021

Info. Source: FAA, NTSB

Location: Strawberry

Type: Hughes 500 (H369D)

Injuries: 1 Uninjured


Approximately four miles east of Strawberry, the helicopter, during its approach to landing, had its main rotor strike a power line, however, it made a safe landing without further incident. The extent of damage, if any, was unreported.



Date: December 31, 2021

Info. Source: ASN, FAA

Location: Arizona City

Type: Mooney M-20C

Injuries: 1 Fatality


The aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in mountainous desert terrain on December 31, 2021, and was located on January 3rd, 2022. It appears the aircraft had an expired registration, and the registration was cancelled by the FAA effective 01/30/2021. The media stated the aircraft departed Marana Airport at approximately 11:30 am Friday December 31 and was found by Law Enforcement on Monday January 3 about 3:30 pm. Its destination was reported to be French Valley Airport, Riverside California. The aircraft had crashed on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation approximately 30 miles west of Arizona City. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office stated weather appeared to be a factor in the crash.



Date: January 2, 2022

Info. Source: APA, ASN, FAA

Location: Scottsdale

Type: Piper PA46-500TP

Injuries: 1 Uninjured


The Piper Malibu Meridian was cleared for a touch and go landing on runway 21 at Scottsdale Airport. Upon touching down, the Piper veered to the right, and the pilot overcorrected to the left, and the aircraft experienced a runway excursion, coming to rest with the nose down in the rocks between runway 21 and taxiway B. The extent of aircraft damage was undetermined.



Date: January 7, 2022

Info. Source: FAA

Location: Williams Gateway (IWA)

Type: Piper PA28-181

Injuries: 2 Uninjured


The Piper experienced a bird strike on final approach for a landing on runway 30C at IWA. The training flight was about 2 NM southeast of Gateway Airport when a bird, believed to be a hawk, impacted the right wing just outboard of the landing gear. The damage did not significantly affect the flight characteristics, and the aircraft made a safe landing.



Date: January 12, 2022

Info. Source: FAA Location: Phoenix (PHX)

Type: Cessna 750

Injuries: UNK Uninjured


The Cessna 750 Citation made a flight diversion and requested assistance due to a hydraulic failure. The aircraft landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor and landed on runway 8 and exited the runway at taxiway A8 and into the non-movement blast fence area abeam taxiway A. The pilot advised Fire Command that they had hot brakes and no hydraulics and needed to be towed to an FBO.



Date: January 13, 2022

Info. Source: ASN

Location: Mesa (IWA)

Type: Extra EA300L 

Injuries: 2 Uninjured


The aircraft sustained unreported but apparent minor damage subsequent to the collapse of the right main landing gear during landing at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA). There were no reported injuries to the two occupants onboard the aerobatic tailwheel equipped airplane. 

The FAA reported that the right brake malfunctioned on landing resulting in a ground loop.



Date: January 16, 2022

Info. Source: ASN

Location: Scottsdale 

Type: Cessna 162 SkyCatcher

Injuries: 2 Uninjured


The report only stated the light sport Cessna SkyCatcher had its nose gear collapse on landing at Scottsdale Airport. There was no report of the extent of damage incurred.



Date: January 18, 2022

Info. Source: NTSB

Location: Scottsdale

Type: Piper PA28

Injuries: UNK Uninjured

The NTSB reported the accident happened and only gave the date, location, aircraft type, and that injures had occurred. They also stated a report was in progress. We will likely have more details on this accident in next month’s newsletter.



Date: January 19, 2022

Info. Source: ASN

Location: Red Lake

Type: Ultralight Trike

Injuries: 2 Minor Injuries


At Red Lake, a dry lakebed north of Kingman, an ultralight trike veered to the left while attempting to take off, causing the wing to strike the ground, which pitched the aircraft into the dirt nose first, injuring both occupants.



Date: January 26, 2022

Info. Source: NTSB

Location: Scottsdale

Type: Beech F33A

Injuries: UNK Uninjured

The NTSB reported the accident happened and only gave the date, location, aircraft type, and that injures had occurred. They also stated a report was in progress. We will likely have more details on this accident in next month’s newsletter.

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