Saturday, August 29, 2020

Cessna TU206B Turbo Super Skywagon, N3422L: Accident occurred August 28, 2020 near Grand Canyon National Park Airport (KGCN), Grand Canyon Village, Coconino County, Arizona

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Location: Grand Canyon, AZ
Accident Number: WPR20LA291
Date & Time: 08/28/2020, 1100 MST
Registration: N3422L
Aircraft: Cessna TU206
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Skydiving

On August 28, 2020, about 1100 mountain standard time, a Cessna TU206B, N3422L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Grand Canyon, Arizona. The pilot sustained a minor injury. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 air drop flight.

In a telephone conversation with a National Transportation Safety Board aviation accident investigator, the pilot reported that while on the left downwind to land on runway 21, he was cleared to land and started to configure the airplane. He opened the cowl flaps, fuel mixture was full rich, and the propeller was full forward. The pilot stated that it was when he was abeam the approach end of the runway that a total loss of engine power occurred. He switched fuel tanks from right to left and turned on the electric fuel pump, attempted to restart the engine, but to no avail. Concerned that he would not make the runway, he elected to land on a highway, which is adjacent to the east of the airport. During the landing roll the right wing impacted a pole, which resulted in the airplane nosing over and coming to rest inverted. The pilot also mentioned that two trips prior to the accident flight, he added 29 gallons of fuel. Subsequent to having egressed the airplane, he observed fuel leaking from both tanks.

The airplane was recovered to a secured storage facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3422L
Model/Series: TU206 B
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: GCN, 6609 ft msl
Observation Time: 1054 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 12000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Grand Canyon, AZ (GCN)
Destination: Grand Canyon, AZ (KGCN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 35.936111, -112.131389 (est)

GRAND CANYON VILLAGE, Arizona — A small plane crashed at the Grand Canyon National Park Friday morning, causing a closure on State Route 64 near the park's south entrance.

The National Park Service said the plane crashed onto the roadway in Tusayan and resulted in minor injuries. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the pilot was the only person on board and injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

The crash scene blocked both north and southbound lanes of State Route 64.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna TU206B Turbo Super Skywagon was making an emergency landing on the road north of Grand Canyon Airport around 10:40 a.m.

The FAA says the plane had departed from Grand Canyon Airport and the pilot was planning to return there. The FAA is investigating.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office is also investigating.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the plane upside down and located the pilot. Andrew Dutzy, 24, was treated by Tusayan Fire Department and flown to Flagstaff Medical Center for neck and back injuries.

Dutzy is an employee at the Paragon Skydiving company that operates out of the Grand Canyon Airport. On his way back to the airport, the engine of his aircraft died. He attempted to make an emergency landing but the right wing caught on a light pole causing the crash, officers said.

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