Saturday, May 18, 2019

Cessna 172F Skyhawk, registered to AVRA Valley Flyers LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 cross country personal flight, N8887U: Accident occurred May 05, 2019 in Red Rock, Arizona

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel 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: Red Rock, AZ
Accident Number: WPR19LA140
Date & Time: 05/05/2019, 1756 MST
Registration: N8887U
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 5, 2019, about 1756 mountain standard time, a Cessna 172F airplane, N8887U, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Red Rock, Arizona. The commercial pilot and the three passengers did not sustain injuries. The airplane was registered to AVRA Valley Flyers LLC., and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 cross country personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site about the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Mc Clellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) Carlsbad, California about 1445 Pacific daylight time and was destined for Marana Regional Airport (AVQ) Marana, Arizona.

The pilot reported that, about 15 miles northwest of AVQ, while in a descent from 5,500 ft, the engine RPM dropped from 2,600 RPM to 1,300 RPM, then dropped to 1,000 RPM where it remained throughout the duration of the accident. The pilot was unable to maintain altitude and executed a forced landing onto a dirt road.

The pilot stated that the landing touchdown was soft, however during the landing roll the left wing clipped a bush and spun the airplane to the left.

The airplane was transported to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N8887U
Model/Series: 172 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMZJ, 1892 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:  
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Carlsbad, CA (CRQ)
Destination: Marana, AZ (AVQ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.538333, -111.423611 (est)

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