Sunday, February 13, 2022

Extra EA 300/L, N203EX: Accident occurred January 13, 2022 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (KIWA), 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

APS Asset Management Inc

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22LA088
Date and Time: January 13, 2022, 13:06 Local
Registration: N203EX
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On January 13, 2022, about 1306 mountain standard time, an Extra Flugzeugbau GMBH, EA-300L airplane, N203EX, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Phoenix, Arizona. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 instructional flight.

The pilot reported that the right wheel brake failed during the landing roll and the airplane subsequently ground looped. During the accident sequence, the right gear collapsed, and the right aileron was substantially damaged. The pilot stated the preflight, taxi, takeoff, and flight was uneventful until the landing roll.

Post-accident examination of the brake assembly by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the brake pad had separated from the brake assembly. A brake pad was found on the airplane’s taxi route and was recovered for future examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N203EX
Model/Series: EA 300/L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIWA,1382 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:50 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Phoenix, AZ 
Destination: Phoenix, AZ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.311975,-111.66591 (est)


  1. I had a mechanic that screwed up an annual this way once. When taxing out for post annual flight, I got a radio call on the CTAF to return to base. When I returned, the AP said that he found a brake shoe out on the taxi/ramp. I didn't see it during preflight, so it must have come off while taxing. He put it back on and I continued my check flight - and I fired him when I got back.

    1. Would think be able to feel that when testing your brakes. I had a friend pick up his car at a repair shop they had left the brake pads out. He backed up went to stop ran right into another car behind him sticking out of the garage bay. I went to pick him up we could see brake fluid the calipers pistons had popped out of the calipers leaked on the ground. They paid for everything to get fixed at the dealer.