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Accredited Representative (State of Manufacture (engine)) - Engine failure and collision with terrain involving Ryan W. Gross Arion Lighting, N235SC, Mesa, Arizona, US. on 21 October 2016

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


On October 21, 2016, about 1730 mountain standard time, a Ryan W. Gross Arion Lighting, N235SC, was substantially damaged following a reported loss of engine power during initial climb, loss of control, and subsequent impact with terrain at Falcon Field (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona.

The pilot, who has recently purchased the airplane, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the proposed cross-country flight, which was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident, with a planned destination of Henderson Executive Airport (HND), Henderson, Nevada.

The schedule is the responsibility of the investigating state.

General details
Date: 21 October 2016   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1730 MST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Falcon Field (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona, USA    
State: International   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Ryan W. Gross Arion Lighting  
Aircraft registration N235SC  
Type of operation General Aviation-Unknown  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Falcon Field (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona  
Destination Henderson Executive Airport (HND), Henderson, Nevada  
Last update 14 November 2018