Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mooney M20V Acclaim Ultra, N576CM: Accident occurred June 11, 2019 near Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Aircraft crashed near airport on a road.

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Date: 11-JUN-19

Time: 21:51:00Z
Regis#: N576CM
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91

Mark Brandemuehl

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- The family of a man who was seriously hurt following a fiery plane crash in North Phoenix Tuesday has confirmed the man's identity to FOX 10.

According to the man's family, the victim's name is Mark Brandemuehl, a 50-year-old who works as a senior vice president for a company called the Nevada Nanotech System. The man was heading to Nevada before the crash.

Brandemuehl is in the Maricopa County Burn Unit with 2nd and 3rd-degree burns. He was the only person onboard the Mooney M20V Acclaim Ultra, and was heading from Scottsdale to Carson City, Nevada when for some reason, he circled back toward Deer Valley Airport. He later crashed on Deer Valley Road.

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Mark Brandemuehl

PHOENIX, Arizona — Authorities say a pilot has been critically burned after a small plane crashed near 31st Avenue and Deer Valley Road.

The Phoenix Fire Department says crews were dispatched to the scene around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon after the Mooney M20V Acclaim Ultra crashed and burst into flames.

The 50-year-old pilot was the only person aboard and suffered second- and third-degree burns, officials say.

The man was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He is not being identified at this time.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the plane took off from Scottsdale Airport and was headed to Carson City, Nevada when it went down about two miles west of the Deer Valley Airport.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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Anonymous said...

That plane was brand new!

Anonymous said...

Who cares? Mooney probably has another just like it on the production line.

Wishing the pilot full and quick recovery.

cunn9305 said...

pray for him .. because his chances for survival with those type of burns and likely severe inhalational injuries are very slim

Gavin said...

I think his point is how does a brand new Acclaim go down. What could have caused such a terrible accident with a most likely perfectly operating aircraft? Not shame that the bird died. Wishing the pilot a full recovery. I'll be following this story for updates from tha e NTSB.

Anonymous said...

Looks like he had troubles and turned around to try and make the airport. Ended up a couple miles short.

Anonymous said...

If prayer didn't prevent the accident, it's not going to help the injured. I'm happy the pilot was able to use his training and skill to prevent a more serious accident and I'm thankful for first responders for their efforts and vocation.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to pray for him.

Anonymous said...

I used to be a perioperative physician before I became a cardiovascular surgeon. A few patients have asked me to pray with them before starting surgery. I consider it an important part of being there for them. Both as a provider and prayer warrior.

Heavenly Father, Thank You for a life, Captain Brandemuehl, that is valuable to us and to those around him.

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Anonymous said...

My hope is that he pulls through. One day he might stumble upon this website and see there were people out there pulling for him. Get well Mark.

Anonymous said...

Youth error - maturity - old age
Just like human beings mechanical systems are subjected to those rules. It's called the bathtub reliability curve too.
First 20 hrs in a brand new plane are as dangerous as if it had 5000 on an engine with no overhaul.

Leo said...

New or old, high time or low ... airplanes are machines, very complex machines with lots of moving parts. Machines break. When you step into an airplane as PIC, you had better start thinking about when your machine will break and how you’ll deal with it. I’m 60, been flying since I was 20. In those 40 years I’ve had a couple break, I’ve learned to rehearse .. prepare .. take command of the situation.

Prayers for this mans recovery. Thank god he has the chance to live.

Anonymous said...

Pictures of the accident look horrific. Prayers to the pilot as he has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but with his family's support, a strong will to live and the grace of God he'll pull through. As a pilot you have to be humble that something like this could be right around the corner for you. He could have had engine failure and was making a perfect off-airport landing only to "catch" a wire right before touchdown sending him out of control.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Brandemuehl,
I am praying for your complete recovery after your surgeries. I pray you’ll come back stronger and better than ever... with full energy in your lively soul!