Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Sonex Waiex B, N535D: Accident occurred November 15, 2021 near Hangar Haciendas Airport (AZ90), Laveen, 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

Air-Spaces LLC

Location: Laveen Village, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22LA035
Date and Time: November 15, 2021, 11:30 Local
Registration: N535D
Aircraft: Sonex WAIEX B 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On November 15, 2021, about 1130 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Sonex Waiex-B airplane, N535D, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Laveen Village, Arizona. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he had been flying for about 48 minutes when the engine began to run rough. He said the airplane did not have enough power to maintain altitude and he initiated a forced landing to an airstrip. The pilot realized he was not going to make the airstrip and landed on desert terrain, impacting rocks and a barbed wire fence which caused the airplane to nose over. The pilot was able to exit the cabin area through the broken canopy.

The airplane’s wings, stabilizers and ruddervators sustained substantial damage. The airplane was equipped with an engine monitoring system and recorded engine data was downloaded for the investigation. 

The airplane was relocated to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Sonex
Registration: N535D
Model/Series: WAIEX B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: GEU,1071 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:30 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Laveen Village, AZ
Destination: Laveen Village, AZ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.349191,-112.12963 

LAVEEN VILLAGE, Arizona - A small plane went down in a Laveen neighborhood just before Noon on November 15. It flipped over, and ended up just feet away from a home near 35th Avenue and Carver.

The crash happened on the west side of the resident's house. A tow truck later hauled the plane away, but people who witnessed the crash are still shaken up.

"I'm just working right over here and it happened just as I pulled up," said Coulter Sheryl, who was just starting his shift when the plane came down in front of him. "Little red single-engine plane."

"There's a plane probably about a quarter mile past the runway upside down. Overturned, looked pretty bad."

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the airplane was flying around the area when the pilot reported he lost power and needed to land.

MCSO says the pilot was the only person on board and is okay. He walked away from the crash with minor injuries. The pilot's name was not released.

The homeowner declined to comment.

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