Saturday, February 27, 2021

Cessna 150E, N6135T: Accident occurred February 27, 2021 in Marana, Pima 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 Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

November Tango LLC 

Location: Marana, AZ
Accident Number: WPR21LA127
Date & Time: February 27, 2021, 11:16 Local
Registration: N6135T
Aircraft: Cessna 150E 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

On February 27, 2021, about 1116 mountain standard time, a Cessna 150E airplane, N6135T, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Marana, Arizona. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 positioning flight.

According to the pilot, after accomplishing a touch and go landing at a nearby airport, he lined up the airplane for a straight in approach at his destination, Marana Regional Airport (AVQ), Marana, Arizona. However, about 1,300 ft above ground level, the airplane’s engine lost power. The pilot was unable to restore power and the engine subsequently quit. Therefore, the pilot initiated a forced landing towards a dirt road, but as he approached it, he realized that it was a ditch filled with water and sidestepped the airplane to an adjacent field. The airplane touched down and during the landing roll, when the nose gear was lowered, the airplane nosed over.

A postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and fuselage structure.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for future examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N6135T
Model/Series: 150E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RYN,2418 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:45 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 23.3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /-12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Chandler, AZ (CHD)
Destination: Marana, AZ (MZJ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 32.48843,-111.2924 (est)

Pima County Sheriff's Department

On February 27th, 2021, at approximately 11:19 a.m., deputies responded to a small plane that made an emergency landing in a field north of Trico Road and Hardin Road. The plane was reportedly being ferried from Chandler to Marana.

A citizen reported seeing the plane land in a field.  Upon arrival, the plane was found to be upside down and the pilot self-extricated.  Deputies made contact with the pilot who was alert and conscious.  The pilot was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Pima County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Unit Detectives responded to the incident to process the scene.  Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were notified of the incident and will continue their aspect of the investigation.

AVRA VALLEY, Arizona (3TV/CBS 5) – The pilots of a small plane out of Chandler Municipal Airport had to make an emergency landing in some Avra Valley farm fields late Saturday morning. It happened shortly before 11:30 a.m.

According to the Avra Valley Fire District, firefighters arrived on the scene near Hardin and Trico roads, which is west of Interstate 10, to find a single-engine plane on its roof. The 40-year-old pilot had already gotten out and was waiting for paramedics. An Avra Valley Fire District spokesperson said the pilot, whose name has not been released, suffered minor injuries and was in stable condition when he was taken to the Banner Main Campus.

The pilot was headed to the Marana Regional Airport when his plane lost power, forcing him to make an emergency landing.

The FAA has been contacted to investigate the incident.

Located in Pima County, Avra Valley is less than 90 minutes south of Phoenix along I-10.

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