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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 253831
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SW3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-T(B) Merlin IIIB
Owner/operator:Global Air LLC
Registration: N59EZ
MSN: T-394
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Winslow, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Phoenix-Scottsdale Municipal Airport, AZ (SCF/KSDL)
Destination airport:Winslow Airport, AZ (INW/KINW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane departed from Scottsdale Airport (SDL), Scottsdale, Arizona, about 1412 and was destined
for Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport (INW), Winslow, Arizona. No flight plan was filed and there
was no contact with air traffic control during the flight. Radar tracking depicted the airplane
accomplishing several turning maneuvers in the vicinity of the Winslow airport and general accident
area at elevations ranging from 7,100 ft mean sea level (msl) to 4,850 ft msl for about two minutes
before the radar track ends.

The airplane came to rest in a rock quarry adjacent to Arizona State Route 87 about 4 miles east of the
Winslow Airport. The entire airplane was contained within a flat portion of the quarry; the sides of the
rock quarry were about 40 ft in elevation and surrounded the accident site. A postcrash fire consumed
the wreckage.

The first identified point of impact was a disturbance to the ground about 10 ft from a barb-wire fence;
the wood posts were fractured, and the barbwire was pulled out, the two metal posts about 12 ft apart
were not damaged or disturbed

The debris path was on a 028 heading that led to the main wreckage. The main wreckage was about
410 ft from the first identified point of impact and came to rest inverted. Both wings separated from
the fuselage, and both engines separated from their respective wings. The two four-bladed propellers
were found at the accident site, both propeller assemblies had separated from their respective engines
and were found in the debris field. (See Figure 2).

According to Autoweek magazine, the pilot was retired IndyCar driver Bill Whittington. Whittington was a driver of the winning car in the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

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Revision history:

24-Apr-2021 03:24 Captain Adam Added
24-Apr-2021 05:15 RobertMB Updated [Time, Cn, Source]
26-Apr-2021 14:43 Geno Updated [Source]
26-Apr-2021 16:31 aaronwk Updated [Operator, Narrative]
19-Jul-2021 14:04 aaronwk Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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