Thursday, November 29, 2018

Pilatus PC-12/45, N552TC and Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N976SP: Accident occurred November 28, 2018 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (KIWA), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Daylight Nightlight EZ Flight LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N552TC

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA079A
14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Mesa, AZ
Aircraft: Pilatus PC12, registration: N552TC

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While taxiing N552TC struck taxiing N976SP.

Date: 28-NOV-18
Time: 15:50:00Z
Regis#: N552TC
Aircraft Make: PILATUS
Aircraft Model: PC 12/45
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: PHOENIX
State: ARIZONA

ATP Aircraft 4 LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N976SP

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA079B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Mesa, AZ
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N976SP

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While taxiing to parking N976SP was struck by taxiing N552TC.

Date: 28-NOV-18
Time: 15:50:00Z
Regis#: N976SP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: PHOENIX
State: ARIZONA






Two small planes collided Wednesday morning at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, officials said. 

Two general aviation aircraft were involved in the incident at the airport near Ray and Power roads in Mesa, just before 9:40 a.m., said Ryan Smith, a spokesman for the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.  

No injuries or fires of any kind were reported, Smith said. 

The collision left debris scattered over the runway. The wing of one of the small planes was partially cut off and lying on the ground while the propellers of the other were broken and missing. 

The larger of the two planes, a Pilatus PC-12/45, a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft, is registered to Daylight Nightlight EZ Flight LLC, a Scottsdale-based company. 

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



MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- No injuries were reported after two planes collided at Mesa-Gateway Airport Wednesday morning. 

According to Deputy Chief Forrest Smith with Mesa Fire and Medical, two small planes struck each other on the runway just before 9 a.m.

There were seven people on board both planes and luckily no one was injured.

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

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see this accident diagramed. There is no way it could have happened the way the planes are positioned now. The right wing of the Pilatus would have crushed the Cessna’s tail for the propeller to reach the left wing. If it was a head on, then the right wing would have got munched.

Anonymous said...

Let the paperwork begin. That incident was unfortunate but could have been much worse.

Anonymous said...

Yikes! It's a good thing Cessna has the wing fuel tanks located close to the fuselage otherwise when that whopper-chopper tore into the wing there would have been one giant explosion when the tank was breached. Glad no one was hurt and the Cessna can get another wing.

John Stackhouse said...

That is NOT going to buff out!

Anonymous said...

Honestly ... The Cessna backed into us.

Jim B said...


Ok, that's it.

The words "Maricopa County, Arizona" keep a frequent appearance in Kathryn's Report.

I am staying away.

Anonymous said...

How does this happen? I do not think the C-172 was rolling backwards. I could be wrong though.

daveyl123 said...

Taxiway rage.

daveyl123 said...

This was my first USAF duty station. Williams AFB (KCHD) was an Air Training Command UPT facility, hosting advanced pilot training students learning to fly T-37 and T-38 aircraft. There were also Saudi Arabian and Iranian maintenance personnel and pilots training to fly the F-5, with a TAC training unit equipped with Freedom Fighters. On any given weekday, the skies over Williams AFB looked like a beehive.

daveyl123 said...

Good point, Anonymous. Hmm....Well, if the propeller on the Pilatus rotates clockwise from the cockpit, the force of that collision would cause the Cessna to rotate clockwise from the point of impact, with the tail (Horizontal Stabilizer) of the Cessna impeding further rotation by impacting the Pilatus. How's that for a SWAG?

Matthew said...

“I was practicing IFR taxiing”

daveyl123 said...

Anonymous, good point. Hmm, let's see....If the propeller on the Pilatus rotates clockwise from the cockpit perspective, the force of the collision would rotate the Cessna clockwise, with the Cessna Horizontal Stabilizer halting that rotation by colliding with the Pilatus fuselage. How's that for a SWAG?

Anonymous said...

I believe the 172 was suppose to take a right turn at Albuquerque. Obviously he didn't.

daveyl123 said...

"The light was green, officer."

Iron Jack said...

Somebody is at fault, no question about that.

Unknown said...

Maybe he was texting - "What's for dinner'

Anonymous said...

He should have used his inertial separators

daveyl123 said...

I don't think icing was causal.

Anonymous said...

Jim B,
Do you know that Maricopa County is LARGER than 4 states ? It is 9,200 square miles, with 10 airports of which 4 have major pilot training programs each with a average of 400 students a year.

Anonymous said...

to Jim B...Stay away?
Not possible
The county has probably 4 million people in it and includes Phoenix and Phoenix Airport.
So I suppose you are not gonna fly into Phoenix anymore?

Abie

Maricopa County is a county in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, its population was 3,817,117, making it the state's most populous county, and the fourth-most populous in the United States. It is more populous than 23 states.Wikipedia

Jim B said...


Yes, I will stay away.

Despite your pride and you are welcome to have it I have no business there and I suspect you will be pleased if I do.

Win/Win - we should all be happy.

Anonymous said...

The Non-Movement area at Mesa is so big and such a maze, I wonder where on the airport the incident occurred.