Monday, August 20, 2018

Stolp SA-750 Acroduster Too, N787WM: Fatal accident occurred August 20, 2018 near Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Phoenix, Arizona

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Phoenix, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18FA229
Date & Time: 08/20/2018, 0645 MST
Registration: N787WM
Aircraft: James E Causey Acroduster II
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 20, 2018, about 0645 mountain standard time, an Acroduster II experimental amateur-built airplane, N787WM, was substantially damaged following a loss of control and impact with terrain about 650 ft east-southeast of the southeast boundary of Deer Valley Airport (DVT), Phoenix, Arizona. Both the front and rear seat certified private pilots sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual; however, it was reported that two days prior to the accident the rear seat pilot had purchased the airplane. The local flight was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed DVT about 0625.

It was reported that prior to the accident the pilot had performed 4 takeoffs and landings uneventfully. However, while in the traffic pattern for the fifth landing, and while turning from left downwind to left base leg for runway 25L, the airplane's left wing stalled, followed by a spin prior to impact with terrain. An initial onsite inspection of the wreckage revealed that all components necessary for flight were accounted for.

The airplane was recovered to secured facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: James E Causey
Registration: N787WM
Model/Series: Acroduster II
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DVT, 1428 ft msl
Observation Time: 0645 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Phoenix, AZ (DVT)
Destination: Phoenix, AZ (DVT) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  33.683611, -112.065556

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Ted Rich and Elaine Carpenter

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -  The two victims in Monday morning's small plane crash have been identified.

The pilot has been identified as 54-year-old, Theodore Rich and the passenger has been identified as 49-year-old Elaine Carpenter.

Both victims died after a "home-built" small plane went down in the roadway near Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix early Monday morning.

The small plane went down just before 7 a.m. near Seventh Street and Deer Valley Road.

Aerials over the scene showed multiple medical personnel working on extricating one of the victims.

The FAA says the plane was a single-engine, home-built Acroduster.

Officials say the pilot was practicing "touch-and-go" maneuvers when the crash occurred.

One victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second victim was rushed to the hospital, but he later died.

At least two vehicles were struck by the plane while it crashed. Van Hook said no one inside the vehicles reported any injuries.

He said no flames were reported following the crash, however, fuel did spill over the roadway.

"We did have hazmat crews come out and monitor the air," Van Hook said. "We will leave a crew on scene to be a liaison for that hazmat component."

Road closures were reported in the area throughout the morning,

But by 1:45 p.m., Phoenix police reported that the intersection of Seventh Street and Deer Valley had reopened.

Heather Lissner, a spokeswoman for Deer Valley Airport, said there was no impact to flight travels from or to Deer Valley Airport.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - FOX 10 has learned that two people are dead after a small airplane crashed on the roadway near the Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix.

In a statement released Monday afternoon by Phoenix Police Sergeant Mercedes Fortune, the plane's pilot was identified as 54-year-old Theodore Rich, and the passenger onboard was identified as Elaine Carpenter, 49.

According to Ian Gregor, a spokesman with the FAA, the aircraft is a single-engine, home-built Acroduster that crashed under unknown circumstances.

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PHOENIX - Officials are investigating a deadly plane crash near 7th Street and Deer Valley Road on Monday morning. 

The FAA says the aircraft involved is a single-engine, home-built Acroduster. It reportedly crashed in the intersection around 6:50 a.m. under unknown circumstances. 

Two people were killed in the crash, according to Phoenix aviation officials.

Phoenix police identified the pilot killed in the crash as 54-year-old Theodore Rich and the passenger as 49-year-old Elaine Carpenter.

Video from the scene showed emergency crews working around debris in the roadway near several damaged cars. Police told media on scene the vehicles had substantial damage but no one on the ground was hurt. 

The intersection reopened to traffic in all directions just before 2 p.m.

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  1. Local TV news showed a short video shot from a car traveling on the street. The accident aircraft was descending almost vertical and rotating (spinning) before impact.

  2. I heard they were doing touch and go's and engine failed the plane was just purchased from 2 people who been flying it for 3 years. They said they never had any issues with the plane maybe fuel problem, or fuel selector wrong tank who knows. Seems like 2nd owners of experimental aircraft crash more then the person who built it.

  3. He came down out of control.

  4. Friends remember the two who died in a plane crash in Deer Valley.

  5. NTSB report says they did 4 and on the 5th turning downwind to base stall spin. Not sure on how much training they had my guess who ever was the PIC let it get too slow maybe cross wind. Maybe wasn't used to fast roll rate. Need to get as much transition training as you can

  6. Over on Biplane forum saying the guy called an instructor who posts regularly was looking to get 2 hours of training to satisfy his insurance company ASAP so he could pickup the plane in California. He only was recently licensed, and had also just gotten TW endorsement had zero hours in a high performance Biplane. Also noted was no fire possible ran out of fuel. It's recommended at least 10-15 hours in a Pitts duel instruction in the pattern as well as spins. These are tricky to land I can't believe this guy had little to no training in a pitts. Seems like lot of times people like this always take someone else with them.