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Nanchang CJ-6A, N4350D: Accident occurred December 02, 2014 at Falcon Field Airport ( KFFZ), Mesa, 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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR15LA052
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 02, 2014 in Mesa, AZ
Aircraft: NANCHANG CJ-6, registration: N4350D
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 December 2, 2014, at 1630 mountain standard time, a Nanchang CJ-6A, N4350D, lost engine power and landed hard at Falcon Field Airport, Mesa, Arizona. The airplane was registered to Lang Aviation Support Services, LLC, and was operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 local personal flight. The airline transport pilot and single passenger received minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot stated that she intended to perform touch-and-goes in the landing pattern. The preflight, run up, and takeoff were all normal. After the first landing, she added power to takeoff, and once there was no usable runway remaining, she raised the landing gear. At 100 feet above ground level, the engine went silent. The pilot picked a clear area to fly towards and lowered the landing gear. Witnesses stated that the airplane landed hard, bounced, landed a second time, impacted a trailer, a large pole, and then came to rest inverted. During the accident sequence the right wing was separated from the fuselage. First responders shut off the fuel and magneto switches.

On December 16, 2014, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector and a certified airframe and power plant mechanic examined the airplane and engine. The engine crankshaft was rotated, and the carburetor, fuel pump, and spark plugs were examined. The fuel pump and carburetor contained fuel. Nothing that would have precluded normal engine operation was identified.

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