Friday, May 15, 2020

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N63931: Accident occurred May 14, 2020 in Tucson, Pima 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: Tucson, AZ
Accident Number: WPR20LA147
Date & Time: 05/14/2020, 0950 MST
Registration: N63931
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On May 14, 2020, about 0950 mountain standard time, a Cessna 172P airplane, N63931, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Tucson, Arizona. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial survey flight.

The pilot reported that about 3 hours and 50 minutes into the flight the engine began to sputter. The pilot verified the fuel selector was in the "both" position, checked the magnetos, and pushed the mixture full forward. He pumped the throttle and was able to get a surge in engine power, but it would not sustain. He initiated a forced landing onto a roadway, however, during landing, the airplane encountered a downdraft and landed short of the road.

Local law enforcement reported that the fuel selector was in the "both" position. The left fuel tank was empty and the right fuel tank contained "a large quantity of fuel".

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N63931
Model/Series: 172 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Skylens LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TUS, 2643 ft msl
Observation Time: 0953 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 20°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:   10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Tucson, AZ (TUS)
Destination: Tucson, AZ (TUS)

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: 32.251389, -110.705556 (est)

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