Monday, June 5, 2017

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N50526, Classic Air Aviation LLC: Accident occurred June 04, 2017 near Payson Airport (KPAN), Gila 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:

Registered Owner: Classic Air Aviation LLC

Operator: Classic Air Aviation LLC

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA318

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 04, 2017 in Payson, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N50526
Injuries: 2 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 during an approach to runway 22, the airplane drifted to the right of the runway centerline. He initiated a go-around by turning off the carburetor heat, he applied full throttle, he increased the flaps from 30° to 20°, and he pushed forward on the yoke to increase airspeed. He noticed that the airplane began to settle into ground effect. He saw that the terrain began to rise and he recalled that the noise abatement procedure called for a right turn to 270°, so the pilot turned to the right before establishing a climb. The airplane descended into rising terrain, struck trees and impacted the ground and became engulfed in flames. The post-crash fire destroyed the airplane's fuselage.

The METAR reported that the wind was variable at 4 kts. and the temperature was 84° Fahrenheit. The field elevation was 5,504 ft. and the altimeter setting was 30.14. The density altitude was 8,255 ft.

Per the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented by reviewing the airplane's performance data and atmospheric conditions, especially density altitude and its effect on performance per the manufacturer pilot operating handbook. In the future, the pilot vowed to place greater emphasis on performance planning as an essential activity during flight planning. 

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

Brothers flying into Payson to grab lunch at the Crosswinds Restaurant Sunday had to make a crash landing into the manzanita northwest of town reportedly due to crosswinds.

Pilot David White, 58, of Gilbert, and passenger Derek White, 56, of Florence, Ariz., took off from Mesa’s Falcon Field in a Cessna 172.

Just before 10:30 a.m., as the men approached Payson to land, the pilot reported crosswinds on his initial approach and elected to circle around for a second attempt, said Sgt. Dennis Newman with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

As he circled back, the pilot reported to Newman that it felt like there was no air under his wings. He looked for a place to lay the plane down and landed as safely as he could in an area roughly 1.5 miles northwest of the Payson Airport.

Several pilots in the area reported the crash and the subsequent fire.

The brothers were able to safely get out with only minor injuries.

Due to the current wildfire season, there are Forest Service fire crews stationed in the area and there were helicopters and firefighters on the scene quickly extinguishing the flames before they could spread.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

“We are grateful for the successful outcome of an event that could have been tragic for the pilot and his brother, but also for the rapid response of the Forest Service extinguishing the fire before it spread to the forest during this extreme fire season,” said Gila County Sheriff Adam Shepherd.

Original article can be found here:

PAYSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -  Two people are okay following a small plane crash in Payson Sunday morning, according to the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

Just after 10:30 a.m., sheriff deputies received multiple calls regarding a plane crash near the Payson Airport.

GCSO officials said the plane had departed from Falcon Field in Mesa traveling to Payson.

The airplane was carrying a pilot and one passenger.

According to GCSO, the pilot reported some issues on his initial approach and elected to circle around for a second attempt in which the plane crashed before returning to the airport. 

The aircraft started on fire and was extinguished due to the fast response of the Forest Service fire crew.

The pilot was identified as 58-year-old David White and the passenger was identified as 56-year-old Derek White.

Both men were able to exit the aircraft and were treated on scene for minor injuries.

"We are grateful for the successful outcome of an event that could have been tragic for the pilot and his brother," said Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd. 

"But also for the rapid response of the Forest Service extinguishing the fire before it spread to the forest during this extreme fire season."

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating this crash.

Original article can be found here:

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities in Gila County in east-central Arizona say a pilot and a brother who was his passenger suffered minor injuries when their small plane crashed near the Payson airport.

Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd says the plane crashed Sunday while the pilot was about to make a second attempt to land at the airport after a flight from Mesa.

Shepherd identified the pilot as 58-year-old David White of Gilbert and the passenger as 56-year-old Derek White of Florence.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.

Shepherd says the pilot reported unspecified "issues" with his initial approach and that he was circling around for a second attempt when the plane crashed.

The crashed plane caught fire but a Forest Service crew quickly put it out.

Original article can be found here:

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