Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Aero Ace CE 1 , N473CQ: Accident occurred June 26, 2017 at Cottonwood Airport (P52), Yavapai County, Arizona

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA370
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 26, 2017 in Cottonwood, AZ
Aircraft: AERO-ACE CE 1, registration: N473CQ
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, immediately after takeoff, the airplane drifted hard to the right. He applied left aileron and left rudder with no avail. Subsequently, the right wing and landing gear impacted the ground, and the airplane came to rest nose down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation system about 14 nautical miles from the accident site reported, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 200° at 15 knots, gusting to 22 knots. The pilot was departing on runway 32.

As a recommendation, the pilot reported that a higher takeoff speed would have helped him better control the airplane.

Two pilots are okay after their planes were involved in two separate crashes at the Cottonwood Airport Monday.

Fire officials say the first incident happened at around 7:30 a.m. when the pilot of a Flight Design GMBH was trying to land and skidded off the runway. The pilot was uninjured. 

The second incident happened just after 2:30 p.m., when a single-engine homebuilt Aero Ace was involved in an accident while taking off. That pilot was also uninjured. The cause of the incidents are both being investigated.

COTTONWOOD - Shortly before 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 26, Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department and the Cottonwood Police Department responded to an aircraft accident at the Cottonwood Airport.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel found that the pilot and lone occupant of the aircraft had already exited the plane and were not injured. The pilot reported that the accident occurred while landing the aircraft.

The accident is currently under investigation.

Around 2:30 p.m. the same day, the Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department and the Cottonwood Police Department responded to another aircraft accident at the airport. Emergency personnel found that the pilot was the lone occupant of the aircraft, and had already exited the plane. The pilot refused medical treatment.

The cause of this accident is under investigation as well.

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