NTSB Identification: WPR16LA088
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 10, 2016 in Prescott, AZ
Aircraft: Thomas D. Parkes Lancair ES, registration: N44AZ
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On March 10, 2016, about 1522 mountain standard time, a Thomas D. Parkes Lancair ES, N44AZ, was substantially damaged following a forced landing due to a partial loss of power at Ernest A. Love Field (PRC), Prescott, Arizona. The airline transport rated pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the proposed local 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.
In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that after taking off from Runway 21 and at an altitude of about 50 feet above ground level, he experienced a partial loss of engine power near taxiway C. The pilot stated that he attempted to land on the airport's north ramp at taxiway B, but during the descent the nose landing gear impacted a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) light standard before impacting terrain and coming to rest upright between Runway 12 and the terminal ramp. The airplane was recovered to a secured location for further examination.
A Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector performed a postaccident examination of the airplane on March 24, 2016. As a result of the examination, the inspector reported that the engine mount had punctured through the composite firewall. Additionally, the engine mount was observed to have sustained multiple fractures.