Thursday, October 04, 2012

Wood Max L MUSTANG II FB, N112MW: Accident occurred October 04, 2012 in San Manuel, Arizona

NTSB Identification: WPR13LA002 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 04, 2012 in San Manuel, AZ
Aircraft: WOOD MUSTANG II FB, registration: N112MW
Injuries: 1 Fatal. 

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 4, 2012, about 0930 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur built Wood Mustang II FB, N112MW, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain near the San Manuel Airport (E77), San Manuel, Arizona. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot, sole occupant, was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight which originated from E77 at an undetermined time.

According to multiple witnesses located at E77, the pilot reported low oil pressure and that he was returning to the airport. The witnesses observed the airplane in a final turn for a visual approach to runway 11 and noticed that it appeared to be low and slow, as if it was stalling. Subsequently, the airplane impacted a ridge line approximately three-quarters of a mile northwest of E77.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector revealed that the forward portion of the airframe and wings were mostly consumed by fire. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

  Regis#: 112MW        Make/Model: EXP       Description: MUSTANG II FB
  Date: 10/04/2012     Time: 1650

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Fatal     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Substantial

  City: SAN MANUEL   State: AZ   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   1
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   1     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Unknown      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: SCOTTSDALE, AZ  (WP07)                Entry date: 10/05/2012

MAMMOTH, AZ (CBS5) - A small plane crashed shortly after taking off from San Manuel Airport in Pinal County on Thursday morning, killing the 77-year-old pilot, according to local law enforcement authorities.

The name of the pilot, who is from Oracle, was not released until family could be notified.

The single-engine, homebuilt Mustang II FB crashed in a canyon about two miles from the airport about 9:30 a.m., according to Ian Gregor of the FAA.

Pinal County sheriff's spokesman Tim Gaffney said the pilot was the only person on board.

According to a witness, the pilot reported over the radio he was having oil pressure problems and was returning to the airport, Gaffney said. Suddenly, the plane went into a spin and crashed into a canyon known as Smelter Wash.

Gregor said the FAA believes the pilot was planning on making a local flight and returning to San Manuel.

Gregor said he could not confirm the plane's tail number because it caught fire after the crash.
He said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate this accident and that the NTSB is the lead investigative agency.

The San Manuel Airport is approximately 45 miles northeast of Tucson.

No other information was immediately available.

Stay with and CBS 5 News as this story develops.

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