Monday, June 26, 2017

Cessna U206F Stationair, N71001, registered to, and operated by, American Aviation Inc: Accident occurred June 23, 2017 in Page, Coconino 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; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

American Aviation Inc:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA144
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, June 23, 2017 in Page, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA U206F, registration: N71001
Injuries: 6 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 June 23, 2017, about 1600 mountain standard time, a Cessna U206F airplane, N71001, sustained substantial damage after the pilot executed a precautionary landing about 28 miles southeast of Page, Arizona. The two commercial pilots and four passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, American Aviation Inc. as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 scenic flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a company VFR flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Page, Arizona.

The pilot in command (PIC) reported that while returning to the airport at 7,500 feet, the airplane would no longer climb; it then slowly started to descend at about 350 feet per minute. Unable to stop the descent, the pilots attempted to troubleshoot the problem, but to no avail. The PIC initiated a precautionary landing onto a dirt road. About 125 feet above the ground, the co-pilot took control of the airplane and landed softly onto the road. During the landing roll, the airplane's left wing impacted juniper bushes before it came to rest. As the pilots retarded the throttle to idle, the throttle handle came out of the control panel along with about two feet of throttle cable. 

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.

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