The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07
NTSB Identification: WPR17LA038
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 24, 2016 in Safford, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 182A, registration: N6077B
Injuries: 4 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 November 24, 2016, about 0850 mountain standard time, a Cessna 182A, N6077B, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Safford, Arizona. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot and the three passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The cross-country flight originated from the Safford Regional Airport (SAD) at 0815 with an intended destination of Holbrook, Arizona.
The pilot reported that during the cruise flight at 8,500 feet msl, he noticed that the oil pressure began to fluctuate and decided to return to the airport. When the airplane was about 4 miles north of SAD, the engine lost power and the pilot initiated a forced landing to an area of open desert. During the landing roll, the airplane struck two dirt berms and the nose wheel collapsed.
Postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the forward portion of the fuselage structure and engine firewall was structurally damaged. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.
SAFFORD — On Thanksgiving morning, a flight from the Safford Airport to Holbrook ended on San Juan Mine Road, when the pilot downed his airplane due to mechanical trouble.
The pilot, Steven Maxwell, told Graham County Sheriff’s Office deputies that his plane, a Cessna 182, started losing oil pressure 30 minutes into its flight. Losing control of the propeller, Maxwell made a crash landing approximately a mile down San Juan Mine Road from Airport Road.
The nose of the plane was damaged in the accident, and Maxwell told deputies a piston rod came through and hit the engine. Maxwell later removed the airplane on a trailer.
With Maxwell on the flight were his co-pilot, Travis Maxwell, and two passengers, Breena and Lillian McGehee. All four got off the plane safely without injury, though Breena McGehee, who was pregnant, complained of cramps. Medics took her to Mount Graham Regional Medical Center; no further information was available.
The Safford Fire Department also responded to the accident scene due to the large amount of fuel leaking from the plane.