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Accredited Representative – Engine failure involving an Arion Lightning aircraft, registered N273DB, New River AZ, United States on 10 July 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


On 10 July 2017 at 1445 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), an amateur built Arion Lightning light sport aircraft, registered N273DB, fitted with a Jabiru 3300 engine, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near New River, Arizona. The pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, received minor injuries.

As the accident occurred in the United States of America, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the USA is responsible for investigating this accident. As part of its investigation, the NTSB has notified the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as the State of Manufacture of the engine. In accordance with clause 5.18 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the ATSB appointed an accredited representative to liaise with the NTSB and initiated an investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The investigation is continuing.

General details
Date: 10 July 2017   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1445 UTC   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): New River, Arizona (17 miles north of Deer Valley Airport ((KDVT)), US    
State: International   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Lightning with Jabiru engine  
Aircraft registration N273DB  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Glendale Municipal Airport (KGEU) Arizona, USA  
Destination Glendale Municipal Airport (KGEU) Arizona, USA  
Last update 14 November 2018