NTSB Identification: WPR13LA002
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 04, 2012 in San Manuel, AZ
Aircraft: WOOD MUSTANG II FB, registration: N112MW
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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On October 4, 2012, about 0930 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur built Wood Mustang II FB, N112MW, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain near the San Manuel Airport (E77), San Manuel, Arizona. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot, sole occupant, was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight which originated from E77 at an undetermined time.
According to multiple witnesses located at E77, the pilot reported low oil pressure and that he was returning to the airport. The witnesses observed the airplane in a final turn for a visual approach to runway 11 and noticed that it appeared to be low and slow, as if it was stalling. Subsequently, the airplane impacted a ridge line approximately three-quarters of a mile northwest of E77.
Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector revealed that the forward portion of the airframe and wings were mostly consumed by fire. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.
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