Monday, October 15, 2018

Cessna TTx T240, N433CS: Fatal accident occurred October 13, 2018 near Payson Airport (KPAN), Gila 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: Payson, AZ
Accident Number: WPR19FA007
Date & Time: 10/13/2018, 1845 MST
Registration: N433CS
Aircraft: CESSNA T240
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 13, 2018, about 1845 mountain standard time, a Cessna T240 airplane, N433CS, was destroyed when it impacted a house while on approach to landing at Payson Airport (PAN), Payson, Arizona. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The flight originated from Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU), Glendale, Arizona, about 1815, with an intended destination of PAN.

Review of preliminary radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed a primary target, which correlated with the accident airplane, on a right downwind leg for runway 24, about 900 ft above ground level (agl) at a groundspeed of 107 knots. About 0.75 miles from the approach end of the runway, the airplane started a right turn about 700 ft agl and continued the turn through the base leg while maintaining the altitude. The groundspeed decreased to 60 knots as the airplane continued to turn. The primary target continued to maneuver in what appeared to be an extended downwind before starting another right turn to the base leg about 650 ft agl and a groundspeed of 94 knots. The data indicated that the airplane made a final 180° near the approach path for the runway at 625 ft agl and 81 knots.; The final turn was in the vicinity of the accident site and where the radar target was lost.

Review of the photos provided by first responders revealed that the airplane impacted the house in a vertical attitude. The propeller, the engine and the instrument panel were embedded into subfloors of the residential structure. The wreckage debris was contained within 25ft by 25ft area inside the house.

All structural components of the airplane were identified within the debris area. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N433CS
Model/Series: T240
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: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPAN, 5157 ft msl
Observation Time: 0135 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 8000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Glendale, AZ (GEU)
Destination: Payson, AZ (PAN) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 34.261667, -111.310556

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Marilee Marshall Brusaschetti and Craig Raymond McEntee

PAYSON, AZ - Authorities have identified a pilot and passenger who were killed Saturday when their plane crashed into a Payson home.

According to Payson police, 63-year-old Craig Raymond McEntee and 56-year-old Marilee Marshall Brusaschetti were in a Cessna TTx T240 when the small aircraft went down under unknown circumstances around 6:40 p.m. Saturday. Both McEntee and Brusaschetti are Phoenix residents.

FAA officials originally said McEntee was the only person aboard the plane and that there were no reported injuries on the ground, but in an afternoon update on Sunday, officials stated there was also a passenger on the plane. 

Payson authorities say the man who owns the home was able to get out safely.

Doug Denham, who has lived in the home for 23 years, told ABC15 it was, "a hell of a crash...didn't know what it was, but just, BOOM, and then the front glass went flying out into the front yard."

Firefighters who responded to the crash say the plane sliced through the home's room and caused extensive damage to the front and back of the house.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

PAYSON, Ariz. (KSAZ/AP) -- Authorities say two people are dead after a small plane crashed into a home in the north-central Arizona town of Payson.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the Cessna TTx T240 went down under unknown circumstances around 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

The Payson Police Department has identified the victims as 63-year-old Craig Raymond McEntee and 56-year-old Marilee Marshall Brusaschetti. McEntee was the pilot in the plane and Brusaschetti was the passenger. Both were Phoenix residents.

Authorities say two people are dead after a small plane crashed into a home in the north-central Arizona town of Payson. 

McEntee ran a successful accounting firm, McEntee and Associates. The company told FOX 10 they have no comment. Brusaschetti was a Phoenix businesswoman who just last summer visited FOX 10 for a segment on jobs and dressing for success. She ran the Tempe office of Patrice Associates, which connects hospitality job seekers to companies.

Brusaschetti's son expressed his grief over the loss of his mother on Facebook, stating in part, "I'm going to miss you mom. I love you so much and wish I could say it to you one last time at least."

Officials say McEntee and Brusaschetti left Glendale Airport and were heading for the Payson airport when the plane crashed.

Payson authorities say the man who owns the home was able to get out safely.

Firefighters who responded to the crash say the plane sliced through the home's room and caused extensive damage to the front and back of the house.

The FAA, National Transportation Safety Board, and Payson Police Department are investigating the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. that's it "unknown post" no need for NTSB and FAA investigations, you have solved it instantly !! Did you also tell pilot, "fuel up before each flight" just last week?? your officials decision makes insurance companies happy, "claims denied!"


  2. Unknown, you could be right. No fire usually means no fuel especially when there’s so much combustible material laying around.
    Oh, and Icarson, don’t be an a$$.

  3. This seems like (another) aerodynamic stall while turning to land which in reading this aviation blog frequently as I do seems an all too common and tragic occurrence. I am not a pilot, but curious as to why individuals keep crashing perfectly functioning airplanes in good weather conditions. Is flying (and landing) really that difficult or have inattention to detail and poor airmanship really become that pervasive.

  4. Poor airmanship. Basically most of the weekend warriors fly sporadically and never experienced a real emergency until one happens, be it an engine out or most likely partial engine power or some other startling factor.
    Not saying this is the case here but if I walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...
    Bottom line: You either keep learning in aviation... or you become dangerous.

    CPL with multi and IFR rating here and with 3 successful dead stick landings here following engines out or troubles.

  5. Attitude and airspeed is the only thing that counts,but why so many crashes is unreal!

  6. Attitude and airspeed is the only thing to control in the circuit. All these crashes make no sense!


  7. I do not think there was an emergency here.

    "The ground speed decreased to 60 knots as the airplane continued to turn."

    The TTX is a high performance bird like the Cirrus and cannot be safely flown that slow in a significant bank of a turn. Even if into the wind (reported 8 kts from 10 deg) was head-on a 70 kt airspeed in a lets say 25 degree bank is too close to stall.

    From the POH:

    Wings level White Arc 57 - 119 kts

    The airplane, as certified by the Federal Aviation Agency, is not approved for spins of any duration. During the flight test phase of the airplane’s certification, spins and/or spin recovery techniques were not performed or demonstrated. It is not known if the airplane will recover from a spin.

    Remember that the skidding and slipping maneuvers inherent in such an approach will increase the airplane’s stall speed, and a margin for safety should be added to the approach airspeed.

    Remember that the slipping maneuver will increase the stall speed of the airplane, and a margin for safety should be added to the approach airspeed.

    Bank 0 30 45 60 - deg
    Flaps - Landing 58 63 70 83 - kts

    Low and slow, no recovery.


  8. Pilot most likely learned to fly in a more "forgiving" plane like a 150, 172 OR Cherokee.

  9. @ Jim B.....what does the wind have to do with it, wind would only affect groundspeed or track...not airspeed or angle of attack, unless there was a sudden change in wind direction or speed (shear)


  10. On a right downwind for 24 (a heading of 060) and a recorded ground speed of 60 kts into a headwind of 8 kts out of 010 would suggest an airspeed of ~ 70kts.

  11. I am beginning to wonder if some pilots really understand what a stall is ? the loss of life in aircraft accidents attributed to stalls seems to be on the increase so are the schools properly demonstrating what happens when a wing literally stops flying ? couple this with tight turns with these accidents is a recipe for disaster as we all know so what is going on ? lack of proper training or awareness and handling high performance aeroplanes beyond the pilots capability all come to mind,as newer machines get more slippery surely now is the time to make newer pilots fully aware of what a stall is and how it happens

  12. I'm not a high time pilot, but have been flying since 1982 and remained current the whole time. I always read these accident reports in the hopes of learning something new from each one. Pilots (by nature) are problem solvers at heart and love to speculate on what they would do in certain situations, which is great for a "hanger flying" session. However, I feel it is disrespectful to all involved, to publicly speak of potentials errors that may have been made that resulted in an accident. More times than not, the cause is far more complex than any one mistake. Let's wait for the official reports to come out and then read them and share our thoughts on exactly what happened. BTW...the AOPA website has an awesome (free) course on aerodynamics and the stall.

  13. The fact that there was no fire should be a boon for the investigators.