Thursday, October 13, 2016

Aero Commander 112, Sho Co Kids LLC, N509CA: Accident occurred October 12, 2016 near Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report:


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA004
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ
Aircraft: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL 112A, registration: N509CA
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 12, 2016, about 1011 mountain standard time, the pilot of a Rockwell International 112A, N509CA, reported to air traffic control that the airplane had an engine problem, and was unable to maintain altitude. The airplane subsequently impacted terrain in a train yard about 3 miles west of the Deer Valley Airport (DVT), Phoenix, Arizona. Sho Co Kids LLC operated the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight departed Falcon Field Airport (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona, at an unknown time, with an intended destination of Lake Havasu City Airport (HII), Lake Havasu City, Arizona. No flight plan was filed.

According to tower personnel from DVT, the pilot requested to return to FFZ due to high engine oil temperature, and the airplane was losing altitude. 

An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and a representative from Lycoming Engines, responded to the accident site. A visual examination of the engine revealed a hole in the crankcase at the number 4 cylinder.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) -  Two people were injured after a small aircraft went down in north Phoenix.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. near 43rd Avenue just south of Pinnacle Peak Road, about 4 miles west of Deer Valley Airport.

"It's pretty scary I heard the plane puttering but didn’t realize it was going down," said Judy Edwards, who works nearby.

Family members say Clint and Shlee Schuler, both in their 40s, were on board the airplane when it took off from Falcon Field Wednesday morning.

After takeoff, the pilot saw the engine light come on and tried to return to Falcon Field. During his attempt to return the plane went down at Adobe Dam Park and collided with a park shade structure.

The two victims were transported to John C. Lincoln Hospital in serious but stable condition. Family members say the Schulers suffered mostly cuts and broken bones.

"When you see the damage to the airplane, the speed the fact that he didn’t have a landing strip, it's an absolute miracle that both of those patients were alive and talking to us," said Captain Rob McDade, a spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department.

The FAA says that it's not known why the single-engine Rockwell Commander crashed.

The aircraft was heavily damaged, with the propeller ripped off and heavily bent wings. There was no sign of a fire. 

Linda Cobb was in the area and saw it happen.

"Everything moved in slow motion as I watched it disappear from the sky. Your eyes know what they are seeing, but your brain won't accept it," she said. "So glad to know that the pilot and passenger survived."

The Schuler's were flying to California to celebrate the husband's birthday. Family say the fact that couple's lives were spared is all he could ask for.

"That’s a good gift that’s the best gift you can get," said Edwards.

The plane was registered to Sho Co Kids LLC, according to the FAA.

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Authorities say two people were injured in a plane crash in a desert area of northwest Phoenix.

Details are sketchy but the Phoenix Fire Department says a man and a woman are in serious but stable condition with unspecified injuries from the Wednesday morning crash.

Fire Capt. Rob McDade says initial reports indicate the people were conscious and talking.

McDade says no information is immediately available on the aircraft or circumstances of the crash.

The crash occurred near North 43rd Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road.

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