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by Jim Timm

 

The following are the reports of aviation accidents and incidents that have occurred in Arizona from mid-April through May. We hope to use the following detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that would help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and be able to take the necessary action to prevent them from having similar occurrences.

The number of accidents/Incidents have been very significantly up this past reporting period, and aviation safety has also not been the best because of a fatality that was incurred in one of the accidents. At least in all the other occurrences nobody got hurt. Things will have to improve as we go forward.

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

In the meantime, here are the results from the above sources.

 

Date: April 12, 2024

Source: FAA, NTSB

Location: Wilcox

Type: Piper PA-28-32-300

Injuries: 3 Uninjured

STRUCK OBSTRUCTION ON TAKEOFF

The Piper Cherokee 6 was departing Indie Motorsports Ranch when it encountered a 20-KNOT wind gust, which pushed them into a wall next to the runway and sheared off the left landing gear. The aircraft squawked an emergency on the Albuquerque Center frequency, and the center then provided flight following for the aircraft while it flew to Mesa Falcon Field where it made a safe landing. The full extent of the damage was unknown.

Private Pilot

 

Date: April 13, 2024

Source: FAA Incident

Location: Scottsdale (SDL)

Type: Cirrus SR22

Injuries: 4 Uninjured

NOSE GEAR COLLAPSE

The nose Gear collapsed upon landing at Scottsdale. The damage that was incurred was minor.

Private Pilot

 

Date: April 14, 2024

Source: ASN

Location: Ak Chin (A39)

Type: Paramotor Powered Parachute

Injuries: 1 Fatality

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

A “paramotor,” an Aircraft designation known as a Powered Parachute, sustained substantial damage subsequent to an impact with terrain during an apparent landing attempt northwest of Ak-Chin Regional Airport (A39).

No Pilot Certification Required.

 

Date: April 14, 2024

Source: FAA, NTSB

Location: Payson (PAN)

Type: Team Rocket F1 (Experimental)

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

The aircraft had departed from Glendale Airport, and upon landing at Payson the aircraft encountered a cross wind, and the aircraft bounced, and drifted to the right. The right wingtip contacted the ground, bending the right landing gear, and experienced a prop strike, damaging the engine mount. The NTSB assessed the damage to be substantial. 

Commercial Pilot

 

Date: April 17, 2024

Source: FAA Incident

Location: Phoenix Deer Valley (DVT)

Type: Cessna 182

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

STRUCK WHILE ON THE GROUND

While the Cessna 182 was holding short of the runway waiting to takeoff, and the rudder was clipped by another aircraft. The extent of the damage was unknown.

Private Pilot

 

Date: April 17, 2024

Source: FAA Incident

Location: Phoenix Deer Valley (DVT)

Type: Pilatus PC-12

Injuries: 3 Uninjured

STRUCK ANOTHER AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND

While the Pilatus was taxiing on a taxi way the pilot reported he had struck the rudder of a Cessna 182, The extent of the damage was unknown.

Commercial Pilot

 

Date: April 17, 2024

Source: FAA Incident

Location: Casa Grande (CGZ)

Type: Cirrus SR 22

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

IN FLIGHT EMERGENCY

The Cirrus requested the nearest airport because of an engine vibration whenever power was applied. The controller suggested Casa Grande (CGZ) and verified that the pilot was declaring an emergency. The aircraft made a safe landing at Casa Grande airport.

Private Pilot

 

Date: April 19, 2024

Source: FAA, NTSB

Location: Pinal Airpark (MJZ)

Type: Piper PA-28-151 Warrior

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

INFLIGHT ENGINE FAILURE

The Piper Warrior had departed Coolidge, and while in cruise they encountered a catastrophic engine failure and made a Mayday call. They landed in a field 12 miles north of Pinal Airpark, and the aircraft damage was determined to be substantial.

Unknown Pilot Certification

 

Date: April 20, 2024

Source: FAA Incident

Location: Flagstaff (FLG)

Type: 1A-1125 Astra Jet

Injuries: 5 Uninjured

INFLIGHT ENGINE FAILURE

The Astra Jet had an engine failure, and an emergency was declared. The aircraft made a safe landing at Flagstaff, and the emergency was terminated by the Flagstaff airport AARF9 team.

Unknown Pilot Certification

 

Date: April 21, 2024

Source: FAA

Location: Phoenix Goodyear (GYR)

Type: Cessna 210

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

GROUND FIRE

The aircraft caught fire while the pilot was running it up prior to flight. The pilot was able to exit the aircraft safely and requested assistance from the fire department. The pilot was checking the aircraft after its annual inspection, and the fire damage was substantial.

Commercial Pilot

 

Date: April 22, 2024

Source: FAA, NTSB

Location: Benson (E95)

Type: Rans S-75 Courier

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

EMERGENCY LANDING AFTER TAKEOFF

The Rans Courier lost fuel pressure shortly after takeoff and made an emergency landing in the desert. During the landing the landing gear collapsed and substantial damage was incurred.

Private Pilot

 

Date: April 26, 2024

Source: FAA Incident

Location: Ryan Field (RYN)

Type: Piper PA-28R-200

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

GEAR UP LANDING

The Piper Arrow landed gear up at Tucson Ryan Field, and the NTSB assessed the damage to be minor. 

Unknown Pilot Certification

 

Date: April 29, 2024

Source: FAA Incident

Location: Glendale (GEU)

Type: Beechcraft BE-A36

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

GEAR UP LANDING

The Beech Bonanza landed gear up at Glendale Airport, and the damage was determined to be minor.

Private Pilot

 

Date: May 1, 2024

Source: NTSB, FAA Incident

Location: Near Marana

Type: Piper PA-28-180

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

ENGINE FAILURE

The pilot reported a rough running engine and landed in a canal on the final approach one mile short of the runway at Marana Regional Airport. Per the NTSB the aircraft was undamaged.

Unknown Pilot Certification

 

Date: May 1, 2024

Source: ASN, NTSB

Location: Chandler (CHD)

Type: Piper PA-28-181 Archer

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

The aircraft had departed from Falcon Field (FFZ), and while landing at Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD) the aircraft went off the runway, and struck a sign causing substantial damage to the aircraft.

Unknown Pilot Certification

 

Date: May 6, 2024

Source: FAA Incident

Location: Prescott (PRC)

Type: Cessna 172

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING 

Upon landing at Prescott, the aircraft drifted off the runway into the sod between the runway and the parallel taxiway. The aircraft was ultimately towed to parking.

Unknown Pilot Certification

 

Date: May 9, 2024

Source: FAA

Location: Lake Havasu (HII)

Type: Bushmaster-4P Amateur Built Amphibian

Injuries: 1 Uninjured

HARD LANDING

The aircraft lost power while turning downwind to land and made a hard landing. The aircraft ended up inverted on the ground. The extent of the damage was unknown.

Unknown Pilot Certification

 

Date: May 21, 2024

Source: ASN

Location: Pleasant Valley Airport (P48) Closed

Type: Nanchang CJ-6A

Injuries: 2 Uninjured

LOSS OF CONTROL LANDING

The CJ-6 departed Phoenix Deer Valley airport and was substantially damaged when it collided with a parked trailer during a landing attempt at the closed Pleasant Valley Airport near Lake Pleasant. Preliminary information indicates the aircraft experienced engine issues, and attempted a landing at the permanently closed airport, but it overshot the runway (3950 x 35 ft).

Unknown Pilot Certification

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