Monday, May 10, 2021

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N47AF: Accident occurred May 09, 2021 and Incident occurred April 21, 2020

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

Ameriflyers of Texas Inc

Location: Chandler, AZ
Accident Number: WPR21LA193
Date & Time: May 10, 2021, 20:10 Local
Registration: N47AF
Aircraft: Cessna 172R
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N47AF
Model/Series: 172R 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:
Meteorological Information and Flight Plan
Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCHD,1243 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:47 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C /-9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Wind
Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
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: 33.298771,-111.91578 (est)

CHANDLER, Arizona (3TV/CBS 5) - A small plane has gone down near Loop 202 Santan Freeway and McClintock Drive in Chandler.

It happened just after 8 p.m. Sunday.

Chandler fire officials say a 23-year-old woman was the only person on the plane. She was transported to Chandler Regional Hospital conscious, breathing, and  stable condition.

ADOT cameras showed the small aircraft on the overpass just over the freeway,  upside down, with the tail of the plane sticking up in the air. A number of police cars and an ambulance could be seen at the crash site.

ADOT tweeted that the eastbound exit ramp is closed for the investigation. There was no word on when it would reopen.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

April 21, 2020: Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field in in Antlers, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma.

Ameriflyers of Texas Inc

Date: 21-APR-20
Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N47AF
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91


  1. Replies
    1. Yip. And the plane flew nonstop from Roswell NM. FlightAware says 4 hrs 35 minutes. That sounds like a long time to be flying without refueling in a C172.

    2. 4 hrs 35 minutes??? I don't know how she made it that far!

  2. The pilot was also lined up for an approach on McClintock Drive, not the airport runway a few hundred yards to the west. The airport lights are pilot-controlled, and maybe that communication didn't work. Meanwhile, the "approach" to the very well-lit McClintock Dr and its dead end from the south is nothing but a big, empty, dark field. It probably looks deceptively inviting after a long day flying.

  3. She ran it out of gas! Do the math: 42 gallons (21 gallons each wing) with 38 gallons usuable. Burn rate @ 8.5 GPH including climb and 75% cruise. 4.35 hr flight (no fuel stops) left her sputtering into Chandler on fumes. McClintock Dr in Chandler over the 202 is a very conjested vehicle traffic area. It's a wonder she didn't kill herself and some innocent others. This 23-year-old wonder girl can get a pilot's license, but can't do basic math! Something's terribly wrong with this picture. We'reseeing too much of thid kind of shoddy training.

    1. Don't know if it was shoddy training. Perhaps shoddy judgment is the better cause factor, stretching the range with perhaps get-there-itis.

    2. Pilot Bill B,
      You’re an idiot and and a hole. A 2001 C172 holds 53 gallons total and 50 usable.
      Before you judge someone, do you GD research!

    3. Pilot Bill B: you are incorrect and a jerk.
      A 2001 C172 holds 53 total and 50 usable.
      You made some pretty judgmental remarks about a pilot with completely incorrect and frankly ignorant data that some people believed. You’re not only wrong, you’re quick to judge and a flippin jerk!

    4. She allegedly flies for Mesa now.

  4. 1300 hour pilot, lined up with the roadway instead of the runway in low-light after failing to properly identify the airport. Realized error, attempted go-around and impacted power-lines.

    Final report: