Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Las Vegas FSDO-19
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED IN A FIELD, NEAR MESQUITE, ARIZONA.
MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. — A single engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing Monday after the pilot smelled something burning and the cabin filled with smoke.
“(We) got a report of a plane down from a passerby on I-15,” Mohave Country Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Stock said. “That it was north of I-15 in the fields. By the time we were responding, the pilot had actually called in.”
The pilot, San Diego resident Dylan Tobias, said he was working on his commercial flight training.
“I was doing a required flight that had to be at least 250 nautical miles away from your home airport,” Tobias said, adding that he was traveling with his father, Eric. “We went up to St. George, stayed in Zion for a day and we were going to fly back to San Diego today.”
The plane, a 1980 Cessna 172P, was headed to San Diego from the St. George Regional Airport.
“They left St. George,” Beaver Dam Fire Chief Jeff Hunt said, ‘and all of a sudden they could smell electrical, the cabin filled up (with smoke) so he just headed down.”
Dylan Tobias was philosophical about the hard landing.
“You get trained for this kind of thing, and to be honest, I probably could have done a better job. I’m really just happy that we’re OK and the airplane is not in too bad of shape.”
Units from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and the Beaver Dam Fire Department responded to the scene, followed later by representatives from the FAA and the NTSB.
St. George News videographer Sheldon Demke contributed to this report.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Story and video: http://www.stgeorgeutah.com
BEAVER DAM, Ariz. — A young pilot and his father escaped injury Monday when the single-engine plane they were flying was forced to make an emergency landing in the Mohave County desert near Beaver Dam.
According to Trish Carter, spokeswoman for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Dylan Tobias and his father, 57-year-old Eric Tobias, took off Monday morning from St. George, Utah, headed home to La Jolla, Calif., when they smelled an electrical fire in the cockpit of the Cessna.
The sheriff’s office was notified of an emergency landing in the desert north of Interstate 15 and south of Virgin River Gorge. At about 11:56 p.m., Carter said, deputies were notified by a passerby that a small plane had landed in the area. Shortly thereafter, a person aboard the airplane notified authorities of the landing that reported that everyone was OK.
Deputies found the fixed-wing plane and confirmed that both Tobiases were unharmed. The plane sustained minor damage.
Cause of the smell had not been determined.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified.
Original article can be found here: http://www.mohavedailynews.com