Friday, October 25, 2019

Cessna 210-5A (205A), N8326Z: Accident occurred October 24, 2019 near Red Creek Airstrip, Yavapai County, 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 Creek, AZ
Accident Number: WPR20LA017
Date & Time: 10/24/2019, 1600 MST
Registration: N8326Z
Aircraft: Cessna 205
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 24, 2019, about 1600 mountain standard time, a Cessna 205A, N8326Z, collided with terrain during takeoff following an aborted landing at Red Creek Airstrip, near Payson, Arizona. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the tail and both wings after nosing over. The airplane was registered to Skyhawks Inc., and was being operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local personal flight. The flight departed Payson Airport (PAN), Payson, Arizona, about 1545. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The flight originally departed from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), Denver, Colorado earlier in the morning. The pilot serviced the airplane with the addition of 40 gallons of fuel at PAN, with the intention of then flying to Red Creek and camping overnight at the airstrip.

Red Creek is an unimproved airstrip located within the Tonto National Forest at an elevation of about 2,300 ft. It is composed of a single dirt runway (designation 6/24) that is about 1,200 ft long and 15 ft wide. The airstrip is surrounded by rising terrain, which according to the Arizona Pilots Association and the Recreational Aviation Foundation, necessitates landing on runway 24, and departing from runway 6.

The pilot reported that the flight to Red Creek lasted about 10 minutes, and upon arrival he overflew the airstrip and observed the windsock, which indicated a direct right crosswind for runway 24, with wind speeds that he estimated to be between 4 and 9 knots. He initiated a landing approach from the northeast to runway 24, and decided to perform a go-around after judging that the airplane was too high. He reported that the second approach was stabilized, and after touching down he applied the brakes; however, the airplane became airborne again. He applied full throttle, and continued to fly the airplane in ground effect until reaching the end of the runway. He then pulled back on the control yoke to initiate a climb, but the airplane was unable to climbout over the rising terrain and struck vegetation about 500 ft beyond the runway threshold.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N8326Z
Model/Series: 205 A
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: PAN, 5156 ft msl
Observation Time: 0015 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Payson, AZ (PAN)
Destination: Red Creek, AZ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.158333, -111.731667

NEAR HORSESHOE LAKE, Arizona (3TV/CBS 5) -- Three people were rescued after a small plane went down Thursday afternoon near Horseshoe Lake in Tonto National Forest.

On Friday morning, Arizona's Family news chopper was over the scene where the plane went down in a remote field.

The Federal Aviation Administration told Arizona's Family that a Cessna 205 crashed on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. near the Red Creek Airstrip, about 35 miles north of Deer Valley Airport.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said three people were in the plane when it went down.

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Despite a rough landing, none of the occupants were hurt.

The Department of Public Safety helped rescue the three people and flew them away from the scene around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.

No details were released on what caused the rough landing.

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A small plane with three people aboard crashed Thursday afternoon at the Red Creek Airstrip, about 35 miles from Deer Valley Airport in north Phoenix, according to federal officials.

A Cessna 205 aircraft went down about 4:30 p.m. under unknown circumstances, according to Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Red Creek Airstrip is located in Tonto National Forest in Yavapai County. 

Local authorities said three people were aboard the aircraft, Kenitzer said in an email. Their condition was not immediately available.

The aircraft was substantially damaged, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

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