Sunday, February 02, 2020

Cessna 182F Skylane, N3371U: Fatal accident occurred December 21, 2019 near Phoenix Goodyear Airport (KGYR), Maricopa County, Arizona

Ben Edgar Preusser
April 6, 1957 - December 21, 2019

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona
Continental Aerospace Technologies; Mobile, Alabama 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Goodyear, AZ
Accident Number: WPR20FA049
Date & Time: 12/21/2019, 1822 MST
Registration: N3371U
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 21, 2019, at 1822 mountain standard time, a Cessna 182F, N3371U, struck power lines while on approach to land for runway 03 at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR), Goodyear, Arizona. The pilot/owner operated the airplane under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Aviation Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight. The pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot's spouse stated that she had driven him to Glendale airport earlier that day so that he could pick up his airplane from an avionics shop; he had had an ADSB system installed. When he got to Glendale, he had trouble getting the ADSB system to work, and spent the next 2 hours with the avionics shop trying to rectify the issue. After 2 hours, the pilot called his wife to let her know what the situation was and that he was going to fly back to the airport. He believed the issue was a software problem, and that he needed to update the GARMIN software in order to get the ADSB to work properly. The wife stated that the pilot returned to the house updated the software and returned to GYR to conduct a check flight of the ADSB. At 1801, the pilot texted his wife to let her know that everything looked great and he as going for a short flight.

Radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), identified the airplane's flight track. The radar track showed two full circles and then a return toward the airport.

Responding law enforcement reported that the airplane had impacted high-tension power lines about 1 mile south of the airport. The power lines are approximately 100 ft above ground level (agl) and are unmarked and unlighted.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), FAA inspectors, and investigators from Textron Aviation and Continental Aerospace Technologies responded to the accident site. The entire airplane came to rest inverted on the ground underneath power lines. The engine was exposed but remained attached at the engine mounts to the airframe. There were no obvious holes in the engine case.

The airplane wreckage was recovered and moved to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3371U
Model/Series: 182 F
Aircraft Category:Airplane 
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 33.397222, -112.398333 (est)

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1 comment:

  1. Very sad! 110' AGL 1 mile from the airport? Was the pilot fiddling with the new equipment and lost situational awareness?