Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N734FT: Accident occurred September 15, 2018 at St. Johns Industrial Air Park (KSJN), Apache County, Arizona

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: St. Johns, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18LA262
Date & Time: 09/15/2018, 1520 MST
Registration: N734FT
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 15, 2018, about 1540 mountain standard time, N734FT, a Cessna 172N, was substantially damaged following a loss of control and impact with terrain during initial climb near St. Johns Industrial Airpark (SJN), St. Johns, Arizona. The commercial pilot and two passengers were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight, which was being operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident, with a reported destination as the Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR), Goodyear, Arizona.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the owner of the airplane, who was a rated pilot and seated in the right front cockpit seat, reported that during the initial climb out from runway 14, and at a low altitude, the stall warning horn sounded. At this time the left seat pilot-in-command said to the pilot/owner, "You better take it."; this was followed almost immediately by the airplane colliding with a stand of cottonwood trees. The airplane subsequently came to rest inverted, with substantial damage to both wings, the forward fuselage, and empennage. The owner stated that they had just "topped off" both fuel tanks prior to departing, and that there were no anomalies with the airplane or engine prior to or during the takeoff that would have preluded normal operation.

At 1554, the automated weather observation system located at SLN reported wind 180° at 5 knots, sky clear, visibility 10 miles, temperature 31° Celsius (C), dew point 3° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.10 inches of mercury. The SLN airport elevation is 5,733. Calculated density altitude was about 8,600 ft at the time of the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N734FT
Model/Series: 172 N
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: SJN, 5733 ft msl
Observation Time: 1554 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: St. Johns, AZ (SJN)
Destination:  Goodyear, AZ (GYR)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  34.513611, -109.370278

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