Engine Lost Power And The Pilot Initiated A Right Turn Toward The Airport

Location: Williams, AZ Accident Number: WPR22LA083
Date & Time: January 26, 2022, 10:55 Local Registration: N1HH
Aircraft: Beech F33A Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On January 26, 2022, about 1055 mountain standard time, a Beech F33A, N1HH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Williams, Arizona. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The pilot reported that he departed from H A Clark Memorial Field Airport, runway 36, and turned left to the west. While ascending, about 700 to 800 ft agl, the engine lost power and the pilot initiated a right turn toward the airport. The pilot stated that he realized he was unable to make it to the airport and elected to land in an open desert field. Subsequently, the airplane landed hard and struck vegetation during the landing roll. The pilot stated that he had topped off the main fuel tanks prior to the accident flight and that the fuel selector level was selected in the main tanks position.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that left and right wings were substantially damaged. The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

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