NTSB Identification: WPR14FA172
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Young, AZ
Aircraft: NBB INC GLASAIR III, registration: N911EX
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 April 26, 2014, about 1030 mountain standard time, a NBB INC, Glasair III airplane, N911EX was destroyed by impact with terrain and a postcrash fire, about 20 miles southeast of Young, Arizona. The airplane was owned and being operated by the pilot as a visual flight rules (VFR) personal cross-country flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions were reported in the area of the accident, and the non-instrument rated, solo, private pilot received fatal injuries. No flight plan was filed for the flight which departed Lea County Airport (KHOB), Hobbs, New Mexico about 0930. The airplane was bound for Falcon Field (KFFZ), Mesa, Arizona.

On April 26, about 1300 Pacific daylight time, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) was notified by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) technician from the Western Pacific Regional Operations Center that the Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) at Albuquerque, New Mexico had been in contact with the accident airplane. The technician reported that the accident airplane pilot had declared an emergency, stating that he was trapped underneath a cloud layer in mountainous terrain, and that the visibility was deteriorating. The ARTCC operator attempted to direct the accident airplane to San Carlos Apache Airport (P13), Globe, Arizona. Contact with the airplane was lost, and an Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued.

About 1800 the IIC was notified that the airplane's wreckage had been located in remote mountainous terrain, about 20 miles southeast of Young.

On April 27, the NTSB IIC accompanied by an FAA aviation safety inspector examined the airplane wreckage at the accident site. The site was located in remote, rugged, mountainous terrain, about 5,000 feet in elevation. The debris field was on a steep west facing slope, and about 70 feet in diameter. All of the airplane's major structural components and control surfaces were identified. The wreckage was extensively burned, and control continuity could not be established.

The investigation is continuing.

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