Thursday, September 23, 2021

Swearingen SX-300, N5SX: Accident occurred September 18, 2021 in Buckeye, Maricopa 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

Location: Buckeye, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR21LA357
Date and Time: September 18, 2021, 08:24 Local 
Registration: N5SX
Aircraft: Fonville SWEARINGEN SX300 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 18, 2021, about 0824 mountain daylight time, a Swearingen SX300 airplane, N5SX, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Buckeye, Arizona. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that while in an enroute climb, the engine accelerated from 2500 rpm to 3200 rpm and was “unresponsive to input” just before it lost power. The pilot initiated off airport forced landing and landed with the landing gear retracted. The airplane sustained damages to wings and fuselage.

The airplane was secured for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Fonville 
Registration: N5SX
Model/Series: SWEARINGEN SX300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.19457,-112.81179 (est)

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