By Fred Gibbs
We are now entering the 9th month of 2022. Fall is coming in all around us. The trees will be turning, monsoon season will end, and if all is normal, very nice flying weather will descend upon us. More of us will take to the skies, and therefore, more of us need to be careful. So please, don’t add to my fatal accident count!
As of the date I am writing this, 8/28/2022, there was a terrible fatal accident up over Lake Powell, changing my tally to six fatal accidents here in Arizona since the beginning of the year, with eleven fatalities. There was also one fatal accident over in California involving an Arizona-based pilot and aircraft. It appears that the current numbers are trending to exceed the average rate over the past many years I have been tracking fatal accidents. Below is a summary of the accidents so far this year here in Arizona.
The first accident was a Van’s RV-7A that crashed under unknown circumstances near the Triangle Airpark (AZ50), White Hills, Mohave County, Arizona. The 2nd accident was the Robison R22 helicopter that crashed short of the runway at Gila Bend Municipal Airport. The 3rd crash was an experimental plane, a Covie Quickie, near Gila Bend Municipal Airport. The 4th accident, in Buckeye, was Bonanza that crashed in the desert northwest of the airport. The 5th accident was a Cessna C-172, substantially damaged in an accident near Show Low, Arizona, and the 6th was the C207 that crashed in Lake Powell with a load of passengers.
There was also a fatal accident over in California involving a Mooney flown by an Arizona-based pilot. The airplane crashed in a field after takeoff when the plane struck a building after taking off from the Camarillo Airport.
FOR INFORMATION ON ALL ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED LAST MONTH, REFER TO JIM TIMM’S ACCIDENT SUMMARY HEREIN.