Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Vickers Supermarine Ltd, Spitfire VC, N5TF, Comanche Fighters LLC: Accident occurred July 04, 2017 at Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ), Pima 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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Comanche Fighters LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N5TF

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA141
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 04, 2017 in Marana, AZ
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 July 4, 2017, about 0900 mountain standard time, a Vickers Supermarine Spitfire, N5TF, was substantially damaged following a loss of control and runway excursion during landing at Marana Regional Airport (AVQ), Marana, Arizona. The airline transport pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal cross-country flight was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight departed Las Cruces International Airport (LRU), Las Cruces, New Mexico, about 0900 mountain daylight time.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that after landing on runway 12 the airplane veered to the left, at which time he corrected back to the right. As the airplane continued to the right the pilot attempted to correct back to the left. However, the left brake was ineffective, which resulted in an excursion off the right side of the runway and into some soft dirt. The airplane subsequently came to rest on its nose, having incurred damage to the landing gear, fuselage and propeller. The reported wind about 5 minutes prior to the accident was from 230 degrees at 3 knots.

The airplane was recovered to a secured hangar for further examination.

MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  Crews from Northwest Fire were called to the Marana Regional Airport on Tuesday, July 4, after a small plane left the runway after landing.

According to NWFD Deputy Chief Scott Hamblen, there were no injuries. The pilot was not hurt.

The single-engine plane left the runway after experiencing an unidentified problem after landing.


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