Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Van's RV-10, N917VA: Accident occurred November 12, 2017 in Sun Lakes, 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


NTSB Identification: WPR18LA030
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 12, 2017 in Sun Lakes, AZ
Aircraft: VANDERARK RV-10, registration: N917VA
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 November 12, 2017, about 1025 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur built Vanderark RV-10 airplane, N917VA, impacted terrain and vegetation during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Sun Lakes, Arizona. The private pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured; the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from the Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD), Chandler, Arizona, about 1015. 

The pilot reported that while about 15 miles south of CHD and ascending through 4,000 feet msl, he noticed a smell of antifreeze and realized the engine was overheating. The pilot reduced power to idle and executed a 180-degree turn toward CHD. As the airplane descended through about 1,500 feet agl, the pilot attempted to add power and noted no response from the engine. The pilot stated that he attempted to land at a nearby closed airport, however, realized he was unable to make it and subsequently initiated a forced landing to an area of open desert. During the landing roll, the airplane struck several scrub bushes and the nose wheel and left main landing gear collapsed. 

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

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