Thursday, April 20, 2017

Diamond DA40 NG, CTC Aviation, N154BY: Accident occurred April 20, 2017 and Incident occurred May 31, 2016 near Phoenix Goodyear Airport (KGYR), Goodyear, Maricopa County, Arizona

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

CTC Aviation Leasing (US) Inc:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA099 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ
Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND GMBH DA 40 NG, registration: N154BY
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 April 20, 2017, at 0719 mountain standard time, a single-engine Diamond Aircraft DA 40 NG airplane, N154BY, lost engine power during the takeoff from the Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR), Goodyear, Arizona. CTC Aviation Training (US) operated the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. The student pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area solo flight and no flight plan had been filed.

According to the student pilot, he performed a preflight check in accordance with the airplane flight manual; it included a check of the ECU, with no discrepancies noted. Taxi and takeoff were normal until about 400 feet above ground level (agl). The pilot noticed a change in the engine sound. When he looked at the engine load indicator, it read 35%, he then tried to cycle the power level to see if he had any control, but the load indication remained at 35%. Shortly thereafter, the pilot reported the annunciator lights for the ECU illuminate; ECU A FAIL and ECU B FAIL.

The pilot stated that he did not believe there was sufficient altitude to turn back to the airport. Per the flight schools standard operating procedures (SOP), below 1,000 feet it is advised to not turn back to the airport. The student pilot maneuvered to a field to the right of him, however, he stated that his altitude was low, and he did not think the airplane was going to be able to clear power lines. He decided to go under the power lines, and as the airplane went under the power lines, it struck the bottom wire. There was a white flash in the cockpit, and the pilot stated that he tried to get the airplane to a field for landing. When the airplane touched down, it bounced, and then eventually struck a ditch. He switched off the fuel pumps, opened the canopy, and exited the airplane.

Two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors responded to the accident site. 

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

A pilot walked away from the crash landing of a small plane this morning in Goodyear.

The single-engine prop plane out of Phoenix Goodyear Airport made what authorities described as a “hard crash landing” at 7:30 a.m. about 200 feet south of MC85 between Sarival Avenue and Cotton Lane.

The pilot, who was the only occupant of the plane, walked away from the crash and refused medical treatment, according to Tom Cole, deputy chief of the Goodyear Fire Department.

Cole said there was no fire at the crash site, but the fire department handled a small fuel leak.

He said Arizona Public Service Co. was also on the scene since the plane may have clipped power lines east of the landing site.

The plane did not flip, but ended on its wheels with its nose down into the turf of a farm field, Cole said.

Cole indicated the pilot, who was not immediately identified, was a student on a training flight from an aviation school at the Goodyear airport.

As the investigation into the crash proceeds, the plane will be repositioned and towed from the field, Cole said.

Cole said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the accident.

Original article can be found here:

GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -  A small plane went down in a field in the area of MC85 and Sarival Avenue in Goodyear, not far from Goodyear Airport, Thursday morning.

The pilot, the only person aboard, was not injured.

The plane had just taken off from Phoenix Goodyear Airport when something went wrong.

The pilot was able to put the plane down in a nearby field and walk away unhurt. The Goodyear Fire Department tweeted that he refused medical treatment.

"A single-engine Diamond DA 40 crashed under unknown circumstances shortly after departing from Runway 21 at Goodyear," Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email response to our inquiry.

The Goodyear Fire Department also tweeted that fuel was leaking from the downed plane, but said there was no fire.

It's possible that the plane clipped a power line as it went down, knocking out power to a few area residents.

Bruce Haffner was over the scene in the Penguin Air & Plumbing New Chopper. His video showed firefighters walking around the plane, which is registered to a flight school called CTC Aviation.

The FAA is en route to investigate the incident.

The Diamond DA40 is a four-seat aircraft with fixed tricycle landing gear and a T-tail.

According to a 2011 analysis by Aviation Consumer magazine, the Diamond DA40 has the lowest fatal accident rate in U.S. general aviation.

"Its overall and fatal accident rates are one-eighth that of the general aviation fleet ...," according to Wikipedia.

Phoenix Goodyear Airport is a general aviation reliever airport for Sky Harbor International Airport. According to its website, GYR has "one of the best general aviation runways in the country."

The U.S. Navy built and ran the airport until 1968, when the City of Phoenix bought it and took over operations.

Original article and video can be found here:

May 31, 2016:   Aircraft force landed in a field. Ten (10) miles from Phoenix Goodyear Airport (KGYR), Goodyear, Maricopa County, Arizona

Date:  31-MAY-16
Time:  20:08:00Z
Regis#:  N154BY
Aircraft Make:  DIAMOND
Aircraft Model:  DA40
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Minor
Activity:  Instruction
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
State:  Arizona

GOODYEAR, AZ - Authorities are responding after a plane landed in an empty lot near the Goodyear airport on Tuesday.

Images from Air15 showed the plane in a desert area southwest of the airport, near S. Sarival Avenue and MC 85.

Goodyear firefighters said the plane landed safely and the two pilots onboard were not injured.

Story and video:

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Authorities say a small plane from a flight school had to make an emergency landing in a field south of Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

Goodyear Fire Department officials said a crew responded to the scene Tuesday afternoon after reports of a plane down near 163rd Avenue and Ocotillo Road.

They said the two pilots aboard the plane weren’t injured. Their names and ages weren’t immediately released, but authorities said the plane was affiliated with BTC flight school.

There’s no immediate word on why the aircraft had to make the emergency landing.

GOODYEAR, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) -  A small plane landed in a field near 163rd Avenue and Ocotillo Road Tuesday afternoon.

Crews from the Goodyear Fire Department responded to the scene, calling it out as an Alert 2.

Firefighters say the aircraft landed safely just south of an airport.

Neither pilot was hurt.

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