FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07
NTSB Identification: WPR16LA128
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Prescott, AZ
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N9246S
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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 June 18, 2016, about 0815 mountain standard time, a Beechcraft C23 airplane, N9246S, was substantially damaged during a landing attempt in Prescott, Arizona following a loss of engine power. The private pilot and pilot rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross county flight that departed Grants-Milan Municipal Airport (GNT), Grants, New Mexico at approximately 0630 mountain daylight time. The personal flight was destined for Ernest A Love Field Airport (PRC), Prescott, Arizona.
The pilot reported that she and her friend, a pilot rated passenger, were on their way to PRC to participate in an air race. They departed GNT with the fuel selector in the left tank position and about 36 gallons of fuel onboard. After the occupants reached their cruise altitude, the pilot handed the controls over to the pilot rated passenger for the remainder of the flight, while the pilot continued to operate the radio. They made contact with the tower controller about 5 nautical miles east of the airport and reduced engine power to begin a descent. When the engine suddenly lost power, the occupants immediately cycled the throttle and mixture and activated the fuel boost pump, which produced a brief surge of engine power. They contacted the tower controller to report the engine failure and to declare an emergency. The controller cleared the airplane to land on runway 21L, but as the pilot rated passenger turned towards the runway she realized the airplane would not reach the airport. The pilot reported that they had experienced two separate power losses in the days leading up to the accident, but successfully restarted the engine during both events.
According to the pilot rated passenger, the main landing gear separated shortly after the airplane touched down. The airplane then skidded up the rising face of a small berm. An initial report from an airport operations representative indicated that the airplane came to rest in an area of sparse vegetation about one half mile north of PRC.
The wreckage was retained for further examination.
A Beechcraft Sundowner pilot successfully landed the craft after losing power near the Prescott airport.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18, air traffic control received a report of an aircraft in distress which would be attempting to land at Ernest A. Love Field.
The small aircraft with two occupants reportedly lost power as it crested Mingus Mountain and the pilot was attempting to glide it down to the runway.
The aircraft rescue vehicle Foam 73 and Rescue 73 staged near the runway as two additional engines from Prescott and Chino Valley fire departments and a Prescott Fire battalion chief responded to the airport in support.
While staging, the Station 73 personnel lost sight of the plane as it approached the runway.
Foam 73 staff found the Beechcraft had made a successful belly landing roughly a half mile from the end of the runway near the solar power plant. Both occupants of the plane were out and walking when emergency personnel reached them.
The two women were evaluated for injuries and refused treatment or transport. The aircraft remained intact and did not ignite any fires in the grass. Foam 73 remained on scene for an hour while all other responding units were released.
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