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NTSB Identification: WPR17FA045
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 02, 2017 in Payson, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA T210K, registration: N272EF
Injuries: 4 Fatal.
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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On January 2, 2017, about 0937 Mountain standard time, a Cessna T210K, N272EF, was destroyed after it collided with mountainous terrain near Payson, Arizona. The private pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight that departed Scottsdale Airport (SDL), Scottsdale, Arizona at 0912 and was destined for Telluride, Colorado.
According to the pilot's friend, he planned a flight to Colorado with his family for their annual vacation. Preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar data showed an airplane that had departed SDL with a VFR transponder code on a direct course for the pilot's destination airport. After approximately 12 minutes of flight, the airplane reached a final cruising altitude of about 7,950 feet mean sea level. The airplane subsequently descended about 1,300 feet in one minute before it entered a momentary climb, followed by a shallow descent. In the remaining two and a half minutes, the airplane maintained a 300 foot per minute descent rate with some intermittent climbs. The final two radar targets showed the airplane ascend about 425 feet in 12 seconds. The airplane maintained a straight track from SDL to the last radar target, which was within a tenth of a nautical mile of the accident site and indicated a field elevation of 6,670 feet.
The last radar target was recorded at 0937:39. Between 0938 and 0942, an ATC facility received reports from three separate aircraft that had received ELT signals near the accident site.
The airplane came to rest on the south face of a mountain rim approximately 11 nautical miles north of Payson Airport at an elevation of about 6,601 feet. The initial impact point (IIP) was identified by an aluminum fragment embedded in a 50 foot tall tree about mid-span and several broken tree branches beyond the IIP. An initial ground scar was marked by airplane fragments, tree branches, and loose dirt approximately 40 feet forward of the IIP. Portions of the wings and elevators were found along the wreckage path. The main wreckage was found approximately 80 feet from the IIP and was comprised of the engine, fuselage, and tail section, which had been displaced approximately 30 degrees upward from the ground. The vertical stabilizer and rudder had separated from the fuselage and were hanging by the airplane's rudder cables. An odor of fuel was detected near each wing fuel tank, which were both separated and breached.
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Family and friends are mourning the death of a Valley family who died Monday when their plane crashed into the base of the Mogollon Rim north of Payson.
Attorney Eric Falbe, 44, was flying his Cessna 210 with his wife Carrie, 31, and his 12- and 14-year-old daughters from Scottsdale to Telluride for what appears to be a skiing trip.
Radar information showed that the plane ascended in Scottsdale and then descended quickly in the Payson area and crashed into the face of the Rim near where the phone was pinged above Washington Park, according to a story in the Arizona Republic.
Family members called authorities at around 9:30 p.m. on Monday when the family never arrived in Colorado.
Around 10 p.m., the Scottsdale Police Department contacted the Gila County Sheriff’s Office about a possible plane down in the area.
At 2:30 a.m., Jon Barber, a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, was called on to help the Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter locate the plane.
Barber, who learned to fly in Rim Country, said he is very familiar with the area and had flown to locate several other plane wrecks, including one in 2012 when a plane crashed into the Rim near Strawberry, killing three men on board. That same year, a 28-year-old Mesa man died south of Payson when his plane crashed into the Mazatzal Mountains during a storm.
Barber said when they went up early Tuesday morning, it was mostly clear with a patch of clouds on the Rim.
Since it is difficult to spot a downed plane at night, they normally wait for daylight to search, Barber said. But because they were receiving a signal from the plane, rescuers wanted to search for possible survivors.
With two others on board, Barber went up and used onboard equipment to pinpoint the signal from the plane. Circling the area at 9,000 feet, Barber told the DPS helicopter crew hundreds of feet above the ground where to direct their spotlights. DPS spotted the plane between 4:30 and 5 a.m.
On the moonless night Barber couldn’t see the plane on the ground until the DPS crew shone its spotlights on the wreckage.
Barber said earlier in the day rescuers had noted clouds hanging over the Rim, making it impossible to see the edge of the Rim.
The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.
On Tuesday, half a dozen Tonto Rim Search and Rescue volunteers went up with the GCSO to collect the bodies.
TRSAR Commander Bill Pitterle said they found the wreckage some 800 feet below the Rim, about an hour’s hike through the snow and mud from the nearest road.
Pitterle said it was a difficult recovery. “We brought them home and that is what we do,” he said. “We brought them home.”
Carrie had posted photos of the family at Telluride last year on a ski trip on her Facebook page.
The sheriff’s office, FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Court documents show that the two teenage sisters killed in a small plane crash this week should not have been on the flight in the first place.
Victoria and Skyler Falbe were flying to Telluride, Colorado, with their stepmother and dad, Eric Falbe. Falbe was at the controls of a Cessna 210 as it departed from Scottsdale around 9:30 Monday morning. The plane later slammed into the Mogollon Rim around 7,000 feet just north of Payson, killing all four people.
Divorce records show the girls’ biological mother tried to keep them out of the plane altogether.
In the childcare agreement section of the divorce, there was a requirement that if Victoria and Skyler flew on a private plane, the pilot had to have a commercial license and file a flight plan.
According to the FAA, Falbe did not file a flight plan for the trip to Telluride. Pilot registration records on the FAA website also show Falbe is only certified as a private pilot — one level below commercial.
What’s not clear is whether the mother signed off on the flight, despite the written agreement.
Victoria, 14, and Skyler, 12, both went to Cicero Preparatory Academy in Scottsdale.
“They were just really happy girls,” said Jake Thomas, the Cicero athletic director.
“Victoria just had a servant's heart. She just wanted to help,” Thomas said. “Skyler was a little competitive. She was passionate. She expected the best of herself.”
Thomas said the sisters were both heavily involved in the school community and were both on the volleyball and softball teams. The school and its students are determined to keep their memory alive and considering options for doing just that in the upcoming semester.
Story and video: http://www.abc15.com
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Smart and talented is how the Cicero Preparatory Academy athletic director remembers the two girls who lost their lives when their father's plane went down near Payson this week.
"They were always smiling, that's what I was thinking about the other day," said Cicero Prep Athletic Director Jake Thomas. "Whenever I say Tori it was just always smiles."
Victoria Falbe was 14 and in the eighth grade. Her 12-year-old sister, Skylar, was in sixth grade.
"And Skylar was the more competitive fire. She always wanted the best out of her and her teammates," Thomas said.
Both girls played together on the school's softball team, currently halfway through its season.
"They loved sports a lot," Thomas said. "They were both very active and very interested in being scholar athletes."
They were preparing for the playoffs next month.
Still enjoying their winter break, the girls were going with their father, Eric Falbe, and his wife, Carrie, on their annual ski trip to Colorado on Monday. But their small private plane never made it. It was found crashed just north of Payson.
All four lives were lost.
Thomas knows their loss will change the rest of the school year.
"I spoke with the coach today and I'm hoping that the softball team can kind of come together and continue the season in honor of them, and we've thought of some ideas to memorialize them a little as we play the rest of the season," Thomas said.
The school is still working out the details, but it hopes to hold a vigil for the girls sometime Thursday evening.
Story and video: http://www.azfamily.com
PAYSON, AZ - The Gila County Sheriff's Office says a family of four has been found dead after a plane crash near Payson.
According to officials, a small plane headed from Scottsdale to Telluride, Colo. was reported overdue by Scottsdale Police before 10 p.m. on Monday.
Crews went to the area where a cell phone last pinged, an area north of Payson called Washington Park. The crash site was located with aerial help from the Air Force Civil Air Patrol and Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The Scottsdale Police Department said a 44-year-old man and his 31-year-old wife were found dead, along with the man's 12-year-old and 14-year-old daughters from a previous marriage. Nobody else was believed to be on board.
Friends confirmed Eric Falbe, his wife Carrie, and daughters Victoria, 14, and Skylar, 12, were killed in the crash.
The brother of the girls' biological mother, Cynthia Larmore, released a statement on her behalf Tuesday evening, saying, "Cynthia Larmore is extremely devastated by the loss of her two beautiful daughters, Victoria and Skylar. Both were loved dearly and will be remembered forever."
The two teens were students at Cicero Preparatory Academy in Scottsdale, ABC15 has learned.
The school released a statement Tuesday, saying:
Our sincerest condolences go out to the Falbe family for their tragic loss, and to our grieving Cicero Prep students and teachers. Great Hearts will make grief counselors available for both employees and students when school resumes on Monday.
Attorney Michael Maledon, who worked with Falbe at a Scottsdale law firm, told ABC15, "Eric and Carrie will be remembered for their passion for life and warmth toward others."
A family member told police that the four were on a yearly trip they always take around the holidays to Colorado.
ABC15 learned the girl's biological mother became anxious when the girls, who are very active on social media with her, stopped responding. She then contacted Scottsdale police after getting a gut feeling that something was wrong.
Sources tell ABC15 the girl's mother did not want her children in the plane as she didn't think her ex had enough flight experience; the woman did take the man to court over the issue in fear that something like a crash would happen.
A family friend told ABC15 the man had recently picked up flying within the last few years.
The FAA says the Cessna 210 crashed under unknown circumstances.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating.
Story and video: http://www.abc15.com
PAYSON, Ariz. - Crews searching the wreckage of a small plane crash north of Payson Tuesday morning discovered four bodies inside.
The Cessna 210 was reported overdue on its flight from Scottsdale to Telluride, Colorado.
A Scottsdale police report said the plane carried a woman, man and two teenage girls, 12 and 14 years old.
Scottsdale lawyer Michael Maledon confirmed Tuesday afternoon that his law partner Eric Falbe and Falbe's family were the four people killed in a small plane crash near Payson Tuesday morning.
Falbe was 44 and his wife, Carrie, was 31 years old.
The Great Hearts Academies, a charter school network which includes the daughters' school, released the following statement:
"Our sincerest condolences go out to the Falbe family for their tragic loss, and to our grieving Cicero Prep students and teachers. Great Hearts will make grief counselors available for both employees and students when school resumes on Monday."
Falbe's children -- who were from an earlier marriage -- were students at Cicero Preparatory Academy.
According to the police report, it was a trip the family made every year and Scottsdale police were called to the Scottsdale Airport where a man was looking for his son-in-law, daughter and two grandchildren.
Their private plane had not arrive at their destination.
The man told police it was not unlikely for them to decide to drive at the last minute, but a photo sent through Snapchat from one of the girl's cellphones to her mother confirmed to police they decided to fly.
According to the police report, information later obtained by the investigators showed the plane ascended from Scottsdale and quickly descended off the radar near Payson.
Pings on the family cellphones placed them approximately 14 miles east of Strawberry, Arizona where a DPS ranger located a possible crash site.
Three bodies were initially found during a search of the wreckage.
The Gila County Sheriff's Office located the fourth body later in the day.
The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
Story and video: http://www.12news.com
Two adults and two girls killed when their small plane bound for Telluride, Colorado, crashed on Monday near Payson have been identified as a Scottsdale-based attorney and his family, multiple sources say.
The Cessna 210 crashed with four people on board: a 31-year-old woman; her 44-year-old husband; and the husband's 12- and 14-year-old daughters from a previous marriage, according to a Scottsdale police report.
The Gila County Sheriff's Office verified that the plane's tail number matched FAA records identifying the owner as Eric Falbe of Scottsdale. Falbe's law partner, Michael Maledon, confirmed that Falbe was aboard the downed plane, as was wife Carrie Falbe and his two daughters.
"For those that worked with Eric, he will be remembered as a truly exceptional businessman and lawyer," Maledon said in an email. "He was the best kind of lawyer; highly capable and exceptionally practical. But beyond Eric’s professional accomplishments, Eric and Carrie will be remembered for their passion for life and warmth toward others. We mourn their loss and extend our deepest sympathies to their families."
Maledon said an investigator reached out to him Tuesday morning for information about the downed plane.
"I knew his tail number and I knew where he was heading, and I knew it must have been Eric," he said.
Maledon said he had taken several trips with Falbe in his plane, including several flights to Mexico last year. Falbe was a good pilot, Maledon said, adding that his friend "was always very safe and cautious every time I flew with him."
"The community lost a really exceptional family," Maledon said.
Falbe's daughters attended Cicero Preparatory Academy, a member of the Great Hearts Academies charter-school network, according to a statement that Great Hearts posted online Tuesday afternoon.
"Our sincerest condolences go out to the Falbe family for their tragic loss," the statement said. "Grief counselors will be available when school returns Monday."
The Gila County Sheriff's Office received a call about 9:48 p.m. Monday from the Scottsdale Police Department saying a plane flying from Scottsdale to Telluride was reported overdue and never made it to Colorado, according to Sarah White, chief administrative officer for the Sheriff's Office.
Carrie Falbe's father, who called Scottsdale police at about 9:30 p.m., said he was deeply concerned because the family had taken the trip in years past and always texted or called him when they got in safe, the police report said. He said he texted and called all the family members and heard nothing, police reported.
Carrie's father said he was unsure whether they flew the plane or took a car. But the daughters' mother later confirmed they took the plane, saying that she received a Snapchat from one of her daughters when they were taking off, according to the police report.
Police reached out to a variety of airports and learned that the plane had not landed at those places, the police report said.
Deputies, with help from the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Ranger helicopter and the Air Force Civil Air Patrol, pinged a cellphone and located the plane northwest of Washington Park, an area about 14 miles north of Payson, White said.
A helicopter search began about 2 a.m., and the plane was found about 4:50 a.m. in an area with dense trees and hills, police reported. Initially, three members of the family were found dead, and deputies later located the fourth body, White said.
The plane crashed under unknown circumstances, according to Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.
A review of radar information later showed that the plane ascended in Scottsdale and then descended quickly in the Payson area near where the phone was pinged, police reported.
Gregor said it didn't appear that Falbe had submitted a flight plan to the FAA before taking off Monday.
The crash is being investigated by the Sheriff's Office, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.
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NTSB Identification: WPR13LA319
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 03, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/11/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA T210K, registration: N272EF
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that, when he put the landing gear handle down, the left main landing gear did not indicate that it was locked. He cycled the landing gear several times in an attempt to get it down and locked before landing. During the landing, the left main landing gear collapsed, and the left horizontal stabilizer and elevator were substantially damaged. Disassembly of the left main landing gear actuator revealed that a gear tooth from the piston assembly had broken off, which prevented the left main landing gear from locking in the down position. The reason for the gear tooth failure could not be determined.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The collapse of the left main landing gear due to a broken gear tooth in the landing gear actuator.
On July 3, 2013, about 2000 mountain standard time, a Cessna T210K, N272EF, sustained substantial damage when the left main landing gear collapsed while on landing roll at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Phoenix, Arizona. The private pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross-country flight, which had originated at 1825 from Falcon Field Airport, Mesa, Arizona. A flight plan had not been filed.
The pilot reported that he had put the landing gear down, but the left main landing gear down-and-locked light did not indicate that it was safely locked. After several attempts to get the left main landing gear safely down and locked, the pilot landed the airplane, and the left main landing gear collapsed. The left horizontal stabilizer and elevator were bent and wrinkled.
In the presence of a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, on August 22, 2013, the left main landing gear actuator assembly was disassembled. A broken gear tooth from the end to the piston assembly was found. This tooth was responsible for the final "down lock" of the left main gear. The assembly operated properly in the "up and locked" position, which the pilot verified occurred with each cycling of the landing gear. The failed tooth was not made available for further examination and the failure mode was not determined.