Sunday, August 19, 2018

Pietenpol Air Camper, N88HK: Fatal accident occurred August 18, 2018 near Montezuma Airport (19AZ), Camp Verde, Yavapai County, Arizona

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled 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:

Location: Camp Verde, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18FA228
Date & Time: 08/18/2018, MST
Registration: N88HK
Aircraft: Pietenpol AIRCAMPER
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 18, 2018, at an unknown time, an experimental Olsson Pietenpol Aircamper airplane, N88HK, impacted mountainous desert terrain about 2 miles east of the Montezuma Airport (19AZ), Camp Verde, Arizona. The commercial pilot and a pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from 19AZ, about 1400, with a stop at Cottonwood Airport (P52), Cottonwood, Arizona, then a return flight to 19AZ.

According to the pilot's wife, the purpose of the flight was to increase the pilot's confidence in a conventional-gear airplane (tailwheel). The wife added that the passenger was a non-current flight instructor in a tailwheel airplane.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators responded to the accident site. The first identified point of impact (FIPC) was a 12-inch by 4-inch depression, adjacent to the tail wheel. The debris field was contained within about a ten-foot radius of the main wreckage. The main wreckage was comprised of all major airframe components, oriented on a magnetic heading of 78º. Both wood propeller blade roots remained attached to the propeller hub, which remained attached to the engine. The engine remained attached to the airframe.

The airplane was recovered for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pietenpol
Registration: N88HK
Model/Series: AIRCAMPER
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: PRC, 5045 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 15 knots, 250°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  None
Departure Point: Camp Verde, AZ (19AZ)
Destination: Camp Verde, AZ (19AZ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  34.601111, -111.828333 (est)

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Ronald M. Walker, 78 of Camp Verde, Arizona passed away on August 18, 2018. He was born in Deposit, New York on July 22, 1940. Ron was married to Meredith Bragden Walker and had two daughters, Rhonda Moronez and Renee Walker, both residing in Florida. He was retired from the United States Air Force and flew fighter jets during the Vietnam War. Lt. Col. Walker was also a “ham radio” operator whose call sign was KF4VVL.

Glen’s plane must be removed from the place where it crashed. This imposes a significant cost to the family. If you would like to help defray this expense, the family would appreciate that far more than flowers at the service. 
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Glen C. Tenniswood, 68, an avid aviator, was killed in a plane crash on Aug. 18, 2018.

He served his community as a firefighter and then once retired, an EECP tech in Cottonwood, Arizona. 

Glen was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and is survived by his loving wife, Debbie; his children: Erica, Amy (Jeff) Ferguson of Peoria, Arizona, and Mark (Lila) of Cochise, Arizona; his grandchildren: Ashley, Ryan, McKenna, Ella and Cora. He will be missed by all in his faithful community. 

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CAMP VERDE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -  The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is investigating a small plane crash that left two people dead Saturday in Camp Verde. 

At around 6:30 p.m. YCSO said they received a call from a person about an overdue small plane. 

The family member of the plane’s owner told deputies that they had been trying to reach the pilot for several hours.

YCSO said that prior to the incident, the pilot told the family that he was taking a friend for a short flight in the area around Yavapai County.

According to YCSO, local aircraft towers had no record of the plane in the air.

YCSO deputies later obtained GPS coordinates from a cell phone belonging to one of the occupants. That's when DPS troopers were called out to search for the missing plane. 

Troopers located the plane at around 8:30 p.m. in a remote area southeast of the Montezuma Castle in Camp Verde. 

DPS troopers set down and confirmed the pilot and his passenger were both killed.  

The victims were later identified 68-year-old Glen C. Tenniswood, who was the pilot and 78-year-old Ron Walker. 

YCSO deputies were finally able to access the site Sunday morning.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane involved in the crash was an experimental air camper.

At this time, the National Transportation Safety Board is on the scene and is the investigating the crash with the FAA and YCSO. 

Original article can be found here ➤

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. — Authorities say two people are dead after the crash of a small home-built plane in north-central Arizona.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say the wreckage was found in rugged terrain Saturday night southeast of Montezuma Castle in Camp Verde.

Crews were recovering the bodies of the pilot and passenger Sunday morning and National Transportation Safety Board officials were at the scene to begin investigating the cause of the crash.

They were later identified as 68-year-old Glenn Tenniswood from Camp Verde, who was the pilot, and 78-year-old Ron Walker from Camp Verde.

Sheriff’s officials say they received a call about an overdue small plane from a family member of the aircraft’s owner around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The plane was tracked from a cellphone belonging to one of the people aboard the plane.

Camp Verde is 90 miles north of Phoenix.

Original article can be found here ➤

CAMP VERDE, AZ - Two people are dead following a plane crash in the Camp Verde area on Saturday night.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call around 6:30 p.m. about an overdue plane.

A family member told YCSO they were trying to reach the pilot for several hours.

YCSO was able to obtain GPS coordinates from a cell phone belonging to one of the occupants of the plane.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter located the plane around 8:30 p.m in very rugged terrain southwest of Montezuma Castle. 

DPS Ranger Troopers confirmed the pilot and his passenger were dead on the scene. 

Officials have identified the pilot as 68-year-old Glenn Tenniswood from Camp Verde. The passenger has been identified as 78-year-old Ron Walker from Camp Verde. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was an Experimental Pietenpol Air Camper.

Original article can be found here ➤

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