Aviation safety investigations & reports

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

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed
Phase: Final report: Dissemination Read more information on this investigation phase


On 21 October 2016, the ATSB was advised that the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had commenced an investigation into a collision with terrain involving a Ryan W. Gross Arion Lighting, registered N235SC.

As Australia is the State of Manufacture of the engine, the ATSB requested to be appointed as an accredited representative to the NTSB investigation in accordance with clause 5.18 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation. An ATSB investigator was appointed as accredited representative to the NTSB. To facilitate support to the NTSB investigation, the ATSB also initiated an investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The NTSB have determined the probable cause of the accident. Details are available on the NTSB website at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20161101X12233

Any enquires relating to the investigation should be directed to the NTSB at: www.ntsb.gov

General details
Date: 21 October 2016   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1730 MST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Falcon Field (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona, USA   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 06 November 2018   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Ryan W. Gross Arion Lighting  
Aircraft registration N235SC  
Type of operation General Aviation  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Falcon Field (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona  
Destination Henderson Executive Airport (HND), Henderson, Nevada  
Last update 16 October 2019