by Jim Timm


The following is a report of the aviation accidents and incidents that have occurred in Arizona from November through December. We hope the following detailed accident information can be used to develop safety programs and briefings to help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and take the necessary action to prevent them from having similar occurrences.

In this reporting period aviation safety was relatively good. The number of accidents was down, and the injuries were again not severe. I hope this trend will continue well into the new year.

For this report, we’re using information from the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), FAA, NTSB, and APA Members. This more inclusive information source better suits our purpose of trying to get an idea of what is happening out there so we can try to make flying safer.


Date: November 11, 2022

Source: FAA

Location: Northeast Of Payson

Type: Cessna 150

Injuries: 1 Serious Injury


Per the FAA, the aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances; however, a wing was sheared off the aircraft when it hit a tree. The damage was assessed to be substantial.


Date: November 11, 2022

Source: FAA

Location: Glendale (GEU)

Type: Cirrus SR22T

Injuries: 2 Uninjured


The pilot initially reported an inflight engine failure, and he was going to divert to Gila Bend Airport E63. He then decided he could continue on to Glendale Airport (GEU), where there is a Cirrus repair facility. He contacted GEU with a rough running engine, and he made a safe landing and taxied to the ramp. It was then discovered that one cylinder on the engine had failed.


Date: November 26, 2022

Source: FAA

Location: Near Lake Havasu

Type: Cosmos Phase II (Ultra Light Aircraft)

Injuries: 1 Uninjured


The ultralight aircraft crashed near Lake Havasu on the edge of Highway 95. Fortunately, the aircraft didn’t remain on the highway or block traffic. The pilot reported running out of fuel and crashed during the attempted landing on the highway. The aircraft damage was assessed to be substantial.


Date: December 9, 2022

Source: NTSB

Location: Casa Grande (CGZ)

Type: FW190A-5

Injuries: 1 Uninjured


After a local flight, the Focke-Wulf FW190A-5 sustained substantial damage while landing when it veered off the runway and experienced a landing gear collapse and prop strike.


Date: December 18, 2022

Source: NTSB, ASN

Location: San Manuel

Type: Piper PA29-181

Injuries: 3 Uninjured


The Piper Archer departed Chandler Municipal Airport on a flight training mission, and during a landing at San Manual Airport the pilot lost control of the aircraft, and it veered off the runway and impacted the left wing. The damage was deemed to be substantial. The only information the NTSB provided was the date and location of the accident.

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