NTSB Identification: WPR14FA186
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Page, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA T207A, registration: N7311U
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious,5 Minor.
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 May 10, 2014, about 1545 Mountain standard time, a Cessna T207A, N7311U, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during landing at the Page Municipal Airport (PGA), Page, Arizona. The airplane was registered to and operated by American Aviation, Page, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airline transport pilot and four passengers sustained minor injuries, one passenger sustained serious injuries, and one passenger was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed for the local sightseeing fight. The flight originated from PGA about 20 minutes prior to the accident.
The pilot reported that about half way into a 40-minute sightseeing flight, he noticed reduction in engine power. Despite the pilot's attempts, he was unable to correct the power reduction and initiated a turn towards the airport. The pilot stated that he entered the airport traffic pattern for runway 15 about 1,000 feet above ground level, and applied 10-degrees of flaps just prior to turning base. After turning onto final for the runway, the airplane suddenly descended abruptly, impacted terrain, and nosed over. The pilot reported that he thought the airplane experienced a downdraft on final prior to impact with the ground.
Multiple witnesses located adjacent to the accident site reported observing the accident airplane on final for runway 15 and suddenly descend rapidly into terrain in a normal approach to landing attitude.
Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted soft terrain about 390 feet short of the approach end of runway 15, slightly left of the runway. All major structural components of the airplane were located within about 30 feet of the main wreckage. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.
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