Accident Airplane Was The First Airplane In A Trail Of Five Airplanes On A Scenic Tour Of The Lake Powell Area
Location: Page, AZ Accident Number: WPR22FA303
Date & Time: August 13, 2022, 16:19 Local Registration: N9582M
Aircraft: Cessna T207A Injuries: 2 Fatal, 2 Serious, 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Other work use
On August 13, 2022, about 1619 mountain standard time, a Cessna T207A airplane, N9582M, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Page, Arizona. The pilot and two passenger sustained minor injuries, two passengers sustained fatal injuries and two passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 air tour flight.
According to witnesses, the accident airplane was the first airplane in a trail of five airplanes on a scenic tour of the Lake Powell area. Shortly after making a turn back towards the airport, the accident pilot made a distress call and reported an engine issue. Subsequently, the airplane ditched in the lake near Gregory Butte and then submerged in the water.
The National Park Service was able to locate the airplane using sonar equipment. The accident site was located about 13 miles northeast of the Page Municipal Airport, (PGA), Page, Arizona. Afterwards, an underwater remotely operated vehicle survey of the site took place, which revealed that the airplane came to rest upright at the lake bottom at a depth of approximately 100 ft. All major structural components of the airplane were accounted for during the survey.