NTSB Identification: WPR13FA017
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 18, 2012 in Yucca, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N20939
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 18, 2012, at 1212 mountain standard time, a Cessna 182P, N20939, collided with terrain near Yucca, Arizona. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The certificated private pilot sustained fatal injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage from impact forces and a post-crash fire. The cross-country personal flight departed Lake Havasu, Arizona, about 1200, with a planned destination of Eagle Airfield, Fort Mohave, Arizona. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

This was the first flight following an annual inspection. The pilot was returning to his home airport. A witness talked with the pilot about the work just completed, and accompanied the pilot to the airplane. He observed the pilot check the level of the fuel tanks prior to departure, and said the pilot indicated that there were 30 gallons in the left fuel tank and 26 gallons in the right fuel tank. They discussed the beautiful weather, and the differences between this airplane and the pilot’s previous airplane. The pilot then boarded the airplane and taxied for takeoff.

A witness driving on nearby Interstate 40 observed the airplane fly into the mountain, and burst into flames.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, Cessna, and CMI examined the wreckage at the accident scene.

The crash site was high on a peak; the terrain slope was about 30 degrees.

The debris path was along a magnetic bearing of 020 degrees.

The First Identified Point of Contact (FIPC) was three parallel ground scars. The outer scars were 9 feet 6 inches apart. A piece of propeller blade tip was several feet in front of the FIPC along with a piece of main wheel pant.

The global positioning satellite (GPS) coordinates for the FIPC were 34° 48.006’ north 114° 09.731’ west.

The GPS coordinates of the main wreckage were 34° 48.016’ north 114° 09.719’ west, and the GPS elevation was 1,845 feet.

The propeller was separated from the engine aft of the propeller flange, and was the last piece of wreckage identified. Its GPS coordinates were 34° 48.032’ north 114° 9.712’ west.

The main wreckage consisted of the engine, fuselage, wings, and tail. The wing struts separated and were in the main debris field. This main wreckage burned and was in the middle of a scorched area of the debris field. Plexiglass shards and debris outside of the scorched area were not sooty or melted.

Control continuity was established. The only disconnect was the flap cable, which was splayed at the right wing root. The Cessna representative noted that the flap actuator was not extended, which indicated that the flaps were up.

The fuel selector valve was not located.

The elevator trim tab actuator separated.

The engine came to rest inverted. The oil pan was crushed upward, and had holes in it. The carburetor separated.

All corners of the airframe and engine were accounted for.

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