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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  
Location   (show map):New River, Arizona (17 miles north of Deer Valley Airport ((KDVT)), US Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
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
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Last update 01 August 2017