Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Beech F33A Bonanza, N2031D: Fatal accident occurred September 17, 2018 near Cottonwood Airport (P52), Yavapai County, Arizona

Joseph William Kreiner

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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 


Location: Cottonwood, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18FA266
Date & Time: 09/17/2018, 0945 MST
Registration: N2031D
Aircraft: Beech 33
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 17, 2018, about 0945 mountain standard time, a Beech F33A, airplane, N2031D, impacted a home, 1/4 mile southeast of the approach end of runway 32 at the Cottonwood Airport (P52), Cottonwood, Arizona. The airline transport pilot was the sole person on board and was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage and a postaccident fire ensued. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a cross-country flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), Las Vegas, Nevada about 0820, with a destination of P52.

According to the owner, the airplane was based at P52. The owner asked the pilot to fly him to VGT, where the owner would pick up a truck that he planned to drive back to the Cottonwood area, and the pilot would fly the airplane back to P52. Although the trip from P52 to VGT was the first time the pilot had flown in the accident airplane, the owner had previously flown with the pilot a few times in other airplanes. The pilot flew the entire leg uneventfully, and the owner stated that he felt confident in the pilot's flying abilities. After landing at VGT, the pilot left the engine running while the owner exited the airplane. The pilot departed VGT in the airplane shortly thereafter.

Ground scars and wreckage distribution indicated that the airplane impacted the roof of the home; a landing gear wheel and strut were found in the home's attic. The airplane then impacted a tree and a bush before impacting the ground in the backyard of the home. The bush exhibited cut branches, which was consistent with propeller blade strikes. The right wing had leading edge impact damage, and the right wing inboard section and cabin area was mostly consumed by postimpact fire. The left wing was mostly intact and trace amounts of fuel from the wing was collected during the recovery of the wreckage.

According to a first responder, the pilot had initially survived the accident, and he was found outside the airplane, about 15 feet from the airplane. The first responder recalled that the pilot stated that the engine had quit while the pilot was trying to land at P52. Other witnesses in the area did not remember hearing any engine sound prior to the airplane impacting the home. The owner stated that upon landing at VGT, the airplane should have had enough fuel for 4 more hours of flight time. The accident occurred about 1 hour 25 minutes after the pilot's departure from VGT.

The airplane was manufactured in 1978 and was equipped with a Continental Motors IO-520 series engine. The airplane was registered to the owner in 2014.

P52 was situated at an elevation of 3,560 ft above mean sea level. It was equipped with a single paved runway, designated 14/32, which measured 4,252 ft by 75 ft. P52 was not equipped with an air traffic control tower.

The 0935 automated weather observation at Sedona Airport (SEZ), Sedona, Arizona, located about 16 miles to the northeast of the accident site, included winds from 150° at 4 knots, visibility 10 miles, and clear skies.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N2031D
Model/Series: 33 F33A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KSEZ, 4827 ft msl
Observation Time: 1635 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Destination:  Cottonwood, AZ (P52)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  34.723056, -112.028889

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

Joseph Kreiner, 70 of Clarkdale, passed away on Monday September 17, 2018 at the Maricopa Burn Center. He was born on September 20, 1947 in Brown City, MI to Anthony and Mary Kreiner.

Joseph attended Brown City High School from 1961-1965 and received his diploma. He served his country in the Air Force as Sergeant during Vietnam. 

Joseph worked as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force; for the Air National Guard and Air Reserves as crew chief and FH engineer; a commercial pilot for ATP; FAA Air Traffic controller; truck driver; corporate cargo pilot with Chrysler Pentastar Aviation and Active Aero Charters; pilot for Casa 212 cargo aircraft for UN in Angola, Africa; Captain for Boeing 727 for Kitty Hawk Air Cargo and office manager for H & H Trucking.

Joseph enjoyed flying. He just loved to look out and down at stuff. Another interest was being self-employed and running AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricant business.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 30 years Lucie Kreiner; sons Kit (Kim) Kreiner of AZ, Dennis Kreiner of AZ, Ryan Brown (Hannah) of MI and Josh Schwier of MI; daughter Terri Nelson (Scott) of IL and 8 grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at the VFW Post 7400, 705 E. Aspen Street in Cottonwood on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, please make a donation to the VFW Post 7400, 705 E. Aspen Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.


A 70-year-old pilot has died after his plane crashed into a Cottonwood home Monday morning, police said. 

The pilot, Joseph William Kreiner of Clarkdale, was able to exit the plane after it crashed into a home in the 900 block of Tierra Verde Circle, according to Cottonwood police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt. 

He was seriously injured and had burn injuries. He was flown to the Maricopa County Burn Center after the crash.

The house sustained minimal damage, and no one was home at the time, police said.

 Kreiner's family was by his side when he died Tuesday, police said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board removed the wreckage around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Both are conducting the investigation into the crash, police said. 

Police said Kreiner told crews his engine had stopped. 

According to police, Kreiner's body will be taken to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, where the report will be used as part of the investigation into the plane crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.azcentral.com

COTTONWOOD -- Authorities responded to a fire this morning at the 900 block of Tierra Verde Circle after an aircraft crashed into a residence, according to Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt.

Kuhlt stated in a news release that the Beech F33A Bonanza was on fire when authorities arrived.

"The only occupant, a 70-year-old local male, self-extricated but suffered serious injury," she stated in the news release. "The patient was flown to Maricopa Burn Center for advanced medical care."

Cottonwood Police and Fire, Verde Valley Fire District and Verde Valley Ambulance Company all responded to the scene.

A neighbor, Mike Zemky, said he saw the plane crash.

"I thought to myself, it's way too close to for the runway and as the word 'runway' came out of my mouth, it hit the top of the garage there and it landed in the backyard and caught fire," he said.

The fire was extinguished but the residence has minor structural damage, according to Kuhlt. The plane was destroyed.

Zemky said the pilot seemed to be doing "OK."

"He's alive and I was asking him questions and other than obviously being burned up pretty good, he seems to be doing OK," he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will also respond to the scene, Kuhlt said.

The cause of the crash is still unknown, but the pilot said at the scene that the engine stopped, according to Kuhlt.

Story and video ➤ https://www.verdenews.com

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