Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cessna 150M, N704QJ: Accident occurred November 13, 2019 near Pinal Airpark (KMZJ), Red Rock, Pinal 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 Rock, AZ

Accident Number: WPR20LA022
Date & Time: 11/13/2019, 0015 MST
Registration: N704QJ
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 13, 2019 at 0015 mountain standard time, a Cessna 150 airplane, N704QJ, executed a forced landing following a total loss of engine power shortly after departing the Pinal Airpark (MZJ), Marana, Arizona. The private pilot, sole occupant, was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU) at about 2230, with a touch and go landing at MZJ, and an intended destination of GEU.

The pilot reported that he recently purchased the airplane and the purpose of the flight was to get used to how it handled. The pilot took off from GEU conducted some light maneuvers and conducted an uneventful touch and go landing at MZJ. However, during the initial climb the pilot noticed that the airplane shook when he tried to climb too abruptly. Therefore, he continued a shallow climb and, about 1,500 feet above the ground, the engine quit. He attempted to restart the engine several times, but to no avail. He landed the airplane in a nearby field; during which, it struck an object he could not see because it was dark and it came to rest in a nose low attitude.

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N704QJ
Model/Series: 150 M
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: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: AVQ, 2032 ft msl
Observation Time: 0015 MST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Marana, AZ (MZJ)
Destination: Glendale, AZ (GEU)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.476111, -111.337778 (est)

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