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Crash of a Piper PA-46-310P Malibu in Prescott

Date & Time: May 29, 2018 at 2115 LT
Registration:
N148ME
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Santa Ana – Prescott
MSN:
46-8608009
YOM:
1986
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3100
Captain / Total hours on type:
3.00
Circumstances:
According to the pilot, about 15 minutes before reaching the destination airport during descent, the engine lost power. The pilot switched fuel tanks, and the engine power was momentarily restored, but the engine stopped producing power even though he thought it "was still running all the way to impact." The pilot conducted a forced landed on a highway at night, and the right wing struck an object and separated from the airplane. The airplane came to rest inverted. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector (ASI) that performed the postaccident airplane examination, the fuel lines to the fuel manifold were dry, and the fuel manifold valves were dry. He reported that the fuel strainer, the diaphragm, and the fuel filter in the duel manifold were unremarkable. Fuel was found in the gascolator. The FAA ASI reported that, during his interview with the pilot, "the pilot changed his story from fuel exhaustion, to fuel contamination." The inspector reported that there were no signs of fuel contamination during the examination of the fuel system. According to the fixed-base operator (FBO) at the departure airport, the pilot requested 20 gallons of fuel. He then canceled his fuel request and walked out of the FBO.
Probable cause:
The pilot's improper fuel planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the subsequent total loss of engine power.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-42 Cheyenne in Prescott: 5 killed

Date & Time: Oct 18, 2006 at 1347 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N121CS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Prescott-Prescott
MSN:
42-8001032
YOM:
1981
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
4363
Aircraft flight hours:
5317
Circumstances:

The PA-42 departed Prescott for a local flight with 4 pax and one pilot on board. The team has to perform a movie of the MiG-21 fighter aircraft. During flight, in unknown circumstances, the twin engine aircraft dived into the ground and burst into flames. All 5 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Lockheed P-2 Neptune in California: 2 killed

Date & Time: Oct 3, 2003 at 1116 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N299MA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Prescott-San Bernardino
MSN:
726-7211
YOM:
1958
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
7803
Captain / Total hours on type:
1853.00
Circumstances:
Flying in low clouds at 3,400 feet AMSL, the aircraft struck a hill side near East Highlands, California. Both pilots were killed upon impact. Some witnesses saw the aircraft making a steep 180 turn few seconds before it crashed.

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Prescott: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 4, 1993 at 0320 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N9667C
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Prescott-Prescott
MSN:
303-00200
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
550
Captain / Total hours on type:
40.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3123

Crash of a Helio H-550A Stallion in Prescott

Date & Time: Mar 1, 1992 at 1500 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N550HZ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Prescott-Prescott
MSN:
007
YOM:
1972
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1725
Captain / Total hours on type:
72.00

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Prescott

Date & Time: Feb 10, 1981 at 0810 LT
Registration:
N27661
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Sedona-Prescott-Los Angeles
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3078
Captain / Total hours on type:
860.00

Crash of a Beechcraft C-45g eXPEDITOR in Prescott: 4 killed

Date & Time: Aug 29, 1971 at 1450 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N74Q
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Las Vegas – Houston
MSN:
AF-290
YOM:
1953
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
2472
Captain / Total hours on type:
189.00
Circumstances:
En route from Las Vegas to Houston, the left engine failed. The pilot was able to feather the propeller but unable to maintain a safe altitude. He informed ATC about his situation and was cleared to divert to the nearest airport for an emergency landing. While trying to land at a ranch airstrip, the airplane hit a wood pile and crashed in flamers. The pilot and a passenger were seriously injured while four other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine in flight due to cylinder assembly failure. The following factors were reported:
- Material failure,
- Improper in-flight decisions or planning,
- Improper emergency procedures,
- Intentional wheels-up landing,
- Left engine lost power due to cracked n°9 cylinder.
Final Report:

Crash of a Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer in Prescott

Date & Time: Jun 20, 1959
Registration:
N6884C
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Site:
MSN:
66284
YOM:
1944
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances. Crew fate unknown.

Crash of a Lockheed C-121G Super Constellation in Prescott: 5 killed

Date & Time: Feb 28, 1959
Operator:
Registration:
54-4069
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Litchfield Park - Prescott - Litchfield Park
MSN:
4149
YOM:
1954
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew left Litchfield Park NAS near Phoenix to conduct a local training mission at Prescott Airport. After completing several touch and go manoeuvres, the crew was flying at an altitude of about 300 feet east of the airfield when control was lost. The aircraft entered a dive and crashed in flames in a near vertical attitude in a wooded area located along Highway 89. The aircraft burst into flames and all five crew members were killed. It was reported that one of the propeller was feathered when control was lost.
Crew:
Cdr Lukas Victor Dachs, pilot,
Lt Theodore L. Rivenburg Jr.,
Lt Edward Francis Souza,
Calvin Coolodge Coon, flight engineer,
James Stephan Miller, engineer.

Crash of a Lockheed 5 Vega near Prescott: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 3, 1928 at 1945 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NX4769
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Los Angeles – New York
MSN:
7
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
From the 24th to the 25th of last October, the aircraft's owner Harry J. Tucker and his pilot Charles B.D. Collyer completed a nonstop flight from New York to Los Angeles in 24 hours and 51 minutes, establishing a new record. In the afternoon of the 3rd of November, they decided to return to the Big Apple on a new nonstop flight. While overflying Arizona by night, crew encountered poor weather conditions (low visibility due to fog and rain). Aircraft christened 'Yankee Doodle' hit a canyon wall some 20 miles north of Prescott and was destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire. Both occupants were killed.