Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Mooney M20C, N6796N: Fatal accident occurred December 31, 2021 in Marana, Pinal County, Arizona

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: WPR22FA073 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in mountainous desert terrain. 

Date: 01-JAN-22
Time: 05:00:00Z
Regis#: N6796N
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Crew 1 fatal
Pax 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Randy K. Donnarumma

A pilot was found dead on Monday afternoon a few days after their plane crashed within the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Lauren Reimer, a spokesperson for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that the single-engine plane left Marana Airport about 11:30 a.m. on December 31 and was enroute to Riverside, California, shortly before crashing.

Law enforcement found the pilot, who was dead, and the plane wreckage about 3:30 p.m. Monday. 

Reimer said weather appeared to be a factor in the crash and that the National Transportation Safety Board would continue the investigation.

Multiple agencies, including the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Tohono O’odham Police Department and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, took part in the search, Reimer added.


  1. Weather radar archive doesn't show returns for any track leaving Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ) near Tuscon at 11:30 AM that ended within the Tohono O’odham Nation and Pinal county response area.

    The TO Nation's boundary is about 90 statute miles west of KAVQ, 60 miles if a NW track. At normal Mooney travel speeds, weather in the first 45 minutes after departure would be relevant.

    11:30 AM:
    11:44 AM:
    12:00 Noon:
    12:16 PM:
    12:30 PM:
    1:00 PM:
    1:30 PM:

  2. The registration issues make you wonder if this will turn out to be a ferry flight failure when paperwork details catch up.

  3. Lovely airplane, one of my top three a/c which I have flown. RIP

  4. Looks like CAP found it... https://www.cap.news/cooperation-tenacity-technology-first-2022-mission-leads-to-arizona-crash-site-find/?fbclid=IwAR2OP4umBol49IiGlip7nJoWhE4snhbw6uJjxlihwtb8WDMQL_a6BOa7wMk