Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Grumman American AA-1B Trainer, N6216L: Accident occurred August 01, 2017 near Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Phoenix, 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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N6216L

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA175
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 01, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA1, registration: N6216L
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 August 1, 2017, about 1300 mountain standard time, an Grumman AA-1B, N6216L, was substantially damaged following impact with terrain shortly after takeoff at the Deer Valley Airport (DVT), Phoenix, Arizona. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Both the flight instructor and student pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight. No flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to an Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector who responded to the accident site, several witnesses reported that after the airplane lifted off and was in its initial climb to the west, the wings started to rock back and forth. The airplane subsequently began to descend, struck the airport's western perimeter fence, and collided with terrain before coming to rest on a road that borders the airport on the west. Both wings and the engine had separated from the airplane due to impact forces. The wreckage was recovered to a secured location for further examination.


Chandler Riesterer's recovery fund: https://www.gofundme.com

RotoProne Therapy System, a special bed Chandler Riesterer is in.


Brody Burnell's recovery: https://www.gofundme.com



Brody Burnell (left) and Chandler Riesterer (right) on one of their many flights together. The pair were critically injured when their plane crashed near Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix on Aug. 1, 2017. 



SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Dutch Bros located near Scottsdale Road and Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale is donating proceeds to help two young Valley residents that were involved in a plane crash recently.

Earlier this month Brody Burnell and Chandler Riesterer were involved in a small plane crash near Deer Valley Airport. Both are still in the hospital in critical condition and face a long road to recovery.

“We are deeply saddened by the accident these young men were involved in,” said Dutch Bros Phoenix General Manager, Josh Hayes. “We want to do what we can to help support them, and their families during this time of need.”

While only one location is donating proceeds Friday from purchases, all Valley locations will also have a donation bucket that goes directly to the family.

Brody had been working at the Dutch Bros location that is donating proceeds for two years.

“Brody and Chandler, they’re still fighting to keep alive at the hospital down there, and every bit of money that they can get is going to be super helpful for the families,” said Tyler Brooks, a regional manager for Dutch Bros.

“Both of them still have a lot to recover from and probably still have some more surgeries to go," said Megan Anderson, Brody's cousin.

She said both the two men fly planes, but Brody was the pilot that day.

“He’s wanted to be a pilot since he was 6," Anderson said.

“We appreciate any and all support given and if you want to make a donation to the cause, we will be accepting contributions at every Dutch Bros location in Arizona,” said Josh.


Story and video ► http://www.abc15.com




It was a miracle they survived, and as 18-year-old Brody Burnell and 22-year-old Chandler Riesterer continue to recover in the ICU following a plane crash, a community is gathering to help the two, on their road to recovery.

"Both boys had all similar injuries between the head and the lower extremities," said Steve Burnell, Brody's father. "Broken bones and things."

Brody and Chandler were in a single engine plane that crashed last week, near 19th Avenue and Deer Valley. Brody was the pilor.

"I don't like to use 'miracle', but it's -- people are calling and praying from Wisconsin to West Texas to Florida," said Burnell. He also said Brodie met Chandler, another pilot, while working at a chain coffee shop location.

"That's how they met," said Burnell. "Came through the drive-thru, found out they were both pilots, became friends and started flying together."

Now, Brody and Chandler are recovering together, near each other in the ICU. Burnell said Brody's doctors  recently worked to lower the swelling in his brain.

"They did a, what they call a craniotomy," said Burnell. "They just took a piece of the skull off, and Mr. Brain is breathing and relaxing, and so, we can put that issue behind us, and move forward with the rest of his recovery"

As for Chandler, his best days happened recently.

"He's had, really, two great days," said Burnell. "His latest battle was Pneumonia, but they brought in a special bed, and was able to move him around and able to help things get better, and they did."

Two fundraisers are set to take place on Friday for Brody and Chandler.The "Chop" steakhouse in Chandler will donate their proceeds from open to close to Brody. Meanwhile, All Dutch Bros locations in Arizona are accepting donations, and the Dutch Bros off Greyhawk and Scottsdale Road will donate all their proceeds to the two boys.

They both also have GoFundMe pages set up.


Story and video ► http://www.fox10phoenix.com





Witnesses recount what they saw when a plane crashed near 19th Avenue and Deer Valley Road Tuesday afternoon.

​The Phoenix Fire Department said two men are in critical condition after a plane crashed near 19th Avenue and Deer Valley Road.

According to Phoenix FD, the Grumman American AA-1B Trainer aircraft went through a fence and lodged into a tree. Firefighters were able to get the men out of the plane.

According to fire officials, the crash happened off of airport property and close to Adobe Drive.

An FAA spokesperson said the pilot reported a problem shortly after departing Deer Valley Airport and said they would try to turn around to return to the airport.

Eventually the pilot and his passenger came down about a half mile from the runway.

Jade Byers works next to an airport, so it's normal to see planes from her office window. There was some very different about this plane though.

"Pretty low. Thought it might crash. Sure enough I heard a boom and it crashed right there on 19th Avenue," she said. I almost thought it clipped the building, or was going to anyway."

That's when Byers and several others working in her building ran outside to see if they could help. 

"Obviously working here every day it's in the back of your mind a little bit, but today it happened," she said.

Darrell Brethauer works at a body shop across the street.

"We heard a loud crash," Brethauer said.

He thought it was a car accident, but quickly learned it wasn't.

"Two guys were in the plane," Brethauer said. "We had to pull the tree limbs away so they could get to them. Then waited for the paramedics to get here."

The investigation and wreckage shut down 19th Avenue between Williams and Deer Valley for almost six hours.


The cause of the crash is unknown and Phoenix Police Department is investigating.

Story, video and photo gallery ► http://www.12news.com



PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5/AP) - Authorities say a pilot and his passenger are critically injured after the crash of a small plane in north Phoenix just east of the Deer Valley Airport.

Phoenix Fire Department officials say the plane aircraft went down around 1 p.m. Tuesday and went through a fence and lodged into a tree alongside a road leading to the airport.

"The plane went down," said one witness. "I'm still shaking."

Pieces of the plane were scattered across 19th Avenue.

Two men were extricated from the wreckage and taken to a north Phoenix hospital by ambulance.

Their names and ages aren't immediately available.

"There were only two people on board," said Phoenix Fire Dept. Captain Larry Subervi. "Both patients are at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. They were both transported in critical condition."

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot of a Grumman American AA-1B Trainer reported a mechanical problem shortly after departure from Deer Valley Airport.

"We were talking about how low it was, and then it just started to wobble," said witness Taylor McCullough. "It just went straight down Our first instinct was to just pull over and get out and see if everybody was okay."

He says the pilot indicated he would try to return to the airport, but the plane crashed about a half mile from the runway.

There's no word yet on the cause of the crash.

Story, video and photo gallery ► http://www.azfamily.com



Two people flying inside a small, single-prop airplane were hurt when it crashed Tuesday afternoon in north Phoenix.

A Phoenix Fire Department official said two men were rushed to hospitals in critical condition after being pulled from the wreckage.

Both men were alert and communicating with first responders, according to Phoenix fire Capt. Larry Subervi. 

The plane went down just east of Deer Valley Airport, near 19th Avenue and Rose Garden Lane. It crashed through a fence and lodged in a tree, said Subervi.

Shortly after the plane took off, the pilot reported a problem with the plane and said he would attempt to return back to the airport, said Ian Gregor, an Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

The plane went down a half-mile after the runway ended, he said. 

"Nineteenth Avenue is the end of the Deer Valley runway, so the witnesses that were there said they saw the aircraft swirling, and start to go down pretty immediately," Subervi said.

"I would expect this intersection to be closed all day," he said. "From here, Phoenix Police Department is going to do the investigation."

Subervi said the intersection is "extremely busy" during the middle of the day, and it's lucky that nobody else was hurt.  

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PHOENIX - Phoenix Fire Department officials have confirmed a small single-engine plane has crashed in the area of 19th Avenue and Deer Valley Road, just east of Deer Valley Airport.

According to a brief statement by the Phoenix Fire Department, the plane went through a fence and lodged into a tree, where firefighters were able to extricate two people.

Video from the scene showed neighboring businesses did not appear to have suffered any damage as a result.

"Two adult males were transported to an area hospital in critical condition," stated Captain Larry Subervi. "The exact nature of their injuries is unknown at this time."

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot of a single-engine Grumman AA-1 reported a mechanical problem shortly after departure from Deer Valley Airport. He says the pilot indicated he would try to return to the airport, but the plane crashed about a half mile from the runway.

The names of the pilot and passenger have not been released.

Story, video and photo gallery ►  http://www.fox10phoenix.com

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