Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Arion Lightning, N235SC: Accident occurred October 21, 2016 in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona



FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA015
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 21, 2016 in Mesa, AZ
Aircraft: RYAN W Gross Arion Lighting, registration: N235SC
Injuries: 1 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 October 21, 2016, about 1730 mountain standard time, a Ryan W. Gross Arion Lighting, N235SC, was substantially damaged following a reported loss of engine power during initial climb, loss of control, and subsequent impact with terrain at Falcon Field (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona. The pilot, who has recently purchased the airplane, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the proposed cross-country flight, which was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident, with a planned destination of Henderson Executive Airport (HND), Henderson, Nevada.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that just after taking off and about 50 feet above ground level, "…the engine seemed to lose power, and the airplane rocked back and forth, like there was a problem with the controls." The pilot added that he remembered impacting the left side of the runway in a nose down attitude. The airplane, which was recovered for further examination, was substantially damaged due to impact forces.

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