Friday, June 07, 2013

Piper PA-28-181 Archer III (N327PA) and Cessna 172SP Skyhawk (N2459K) -- Accident occurred May 31, 2013 in Anthem, Arizona

NTSB Identification: WPR13FA254A
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 31, 2013 in Anthem, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N327PA
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

NTSB Identification: WPR13FA254B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 31, 2013 in Anthem, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N2459K
Injuries: 4 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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 31, 2013, at 1003 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28-181, N327PA, while airborne at 900 feet above ground level (agl) collided with a Cessna 172S, N2459K, that was also operating at 900 feet agl, 3 miles west of Anthem, Arizona. Both certified flight instructors (CFI’s) occupying the Piper were fatally injured, the CFI and student pilot occupying the Cessna were also fatally injured. Both airplanes impacted desert terrain in the vicinity of the collision and were destroyed. The Piper was registered to Bird Acquisitions LLC and operated by TransPac Academy, the Cessna was registered to Westwind Leasing LLC and operated as a rental airplane. Both airplanes were operated as instructional flights under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and both airplanes had company flight plans. The Cessna departed Deer Valley Airport, Phoenix, AZ at 0917 and the Piper departed the same airport at 0930.

Radar data shows two targets operating VFR (visual flight rules) about 1 mile apart. The western target was operating at 2,500 msl and 106 knots ground speed, as recorded by the radar playback. The eastern target was operating at 2,600 feet msl and 92 knots as recorded by the radar playback. The western target was on a northerly heading and made a 180 degree right turn to a southerly heading. The eastern target was also on a northerly heading and made a left turn to a southwesterly heading. Both airplanes executed their turn simultaneously. Shortly after each target completed its turn the paths of both targets intersected.

The wreckages of both airplanes were in the immediate vicinity of the radar depicted target intersection. The Piper had impacted the flat desert terrain in a flat and upright attitude. All essential components of the airplane were at the accident site. The Cessna wreckage was located 468 feet southwest of the Piper wreckage. The Cessna impacted the desert terrain vertically, imbedding the engine and propeller into the ground and the wings were crushed accordion style from the leading edges aft. The entire Cessna wreckage was consumed by a post impact fire. The vertical stabilizer and left elevator of the Cessna was located 1,152 feet north of the wreckage.

Friends and family describe Carl Prince as a loving dad who always had time for his kids. Prince died last week in a mid-air airplane collision. 
(Photo courtesy: Beth Sandig)

Posted: Jun 06, 2013 8:14 PM EST 
Updated: Jun 07, 2013 9:21 AM EST

By Jason Barry


A loving dad who always had time for his kids.

That's how friends and family describe Carl Prince, 42,  one of four victims who died in a mid-air collision plane crash near the Deer Valley Airport last week.

Prince's former wife, Tanya Prince, spoke Thursday about the man she was married to for seven years. The couple had recently gotten back together.

"He wanted to make things work and get our family back together and we've been making efforts for that," said Prince. "I guess it wasn't meant to be ."

Carl Prince had been working for a hot air balloon company in the Valley, but was also a certified pilot.

He was giving flight instruction to his boss Margie Long last Friday, when their plane collided with another small plane. There were no survivors.

The other victims were Paul Brownell and Basil Onuferko, who were both flight instructors at the Tranpac Aviation Academy.

"The hardest part for me is that he's not here," said Prince. "He's going to miss out on all these things in his kids' lives. He had such a good sense of humor. Everybody that he knew, he could bring a smile to their face."

Prince told CBS 5 News that the love and support she's received from the community has made a difference, but the truth is that nothing can stop the pain the Valley mom and her kids are going through.

"My son wakes up every day to see what dad does. He saw a heart in the clouds and believes dad made him a heart," said Prince. "Every morning he wakes up looking for what daddy is going to make him."

A memorial fund has been set up to help the Prince family.

Donations can be made through the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union. The account number is 60000187056. 

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