Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 9/4/2014 through 9/17/2014

Official information from FAA and NTSB sources (unless otherwise noted). Editorial comments (contained in parentheses), year-to-date summary and closing comments are those of the author.  All information is preliminary and subject to change.  Comments are meant solely to enhance flying safety.  Please use these reports to help you more accurately evaluate the potential risks when you make your own decisions about how and when to fly.  © 2014 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

9/8 1945Z (1245 local Monday noon):  A Be36 "force landed in a landfill eight miles from Brea, California.  The pilot and a passenger were unhurt, and there is no reported airplane damage.  N361DM (E-670) is a 1975 A36 registered in El Cajon, California.)

("Engine failure in flight"--an online report states: "The plane was flying from Fullerton to Chino when its engine failed, [a witness] said. It landed around 12:50 p.m. in the landfill, about eight miles east of Fullerton’s municipal airport.) 

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

There are no newly posted piston Beechcraft NTSB reports this week.

2014 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2014:

Total reported:  90 reports

Environment: (Note: FAA preliminary reports no longer report weather conditions)

Operation in VMC:  43 reports 
Operation in IMC:    5 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  42 reports
Operation at night:  9 reports 
Surface wind > 15 knots:  2 reports    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  10 reports  
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  4 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  20 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   12 reports 

Other factors

FAA's new aircraft triennial registration rule means it is impossible to tell whether an airplane registration was because of a change in ownership or simply compliance with the new regulation.  Consequently we will no longer track the number of mishaps that occur in the first year of registered ownership.  Over 16 years of the Weekly Accident Update has shown that, consistently, about 20% of all piston Beechcraft accidents happen in the first year of ownership.    

FAA preliminary reports no longer identify the purpose of the flight involved in mishap.  Consequently the number and percentage of Beech mishaps that occur during dual instruction will become less and less accurate over time. Since the late 1990s the percentage of Beech mishaps that take place during dual flight instruction has remained very consistently about 10%.

By Aircraft Type     

Be35 Bonanza  25 reports
Be36 Bonanza  23 reports      
Be58 Baron  12 reports  
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  8 reports
Be55 Baron  8 reports
Be24 Sierra  4 reports
Be76 Duchess  4 reports
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  1 report
BE45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report
Be60 Duke  1 report
Be95 Travel Air  1 report
Baron (model unknown)  1 report

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps
(37 reports; 43% of the total)

Gear up landing  18 reports
(two Be24s; three Be33s; seven Be35s; three Be36s; two Be55s; Be76)

Gear collapse during landing  12 reports
(six Be35s; Be36; Be55; three Be58s; Be95)

Mechanical gear failure 5 reports
(Be36; three Be58s; Be76)

Gear collapse: Damage from tow bar not removed before flight 1 report (Be36)

Tire failure on landing  1 report (Be58)

Engine failure (20 reports; 21% of the total)

Engine failure in flight  9 reports
(three Be33s; two Be35s; four Be36s)

Engine failure on approach/landing 5 reports
(Be35; three Be36s; Be55)

Fuel exhaustion 3 reports
(Be24; two Be36s)

Fuel starvation 2 reports
(Be33; Be35)

Engine failure on takeoff 1 report (Be45)

Impact on landing (14 reports; 15% of the total)

Loss of directional control during landing  5 reports
(Be23; Be35; Be36; two Be55s)

Landed short  4 reports
(three Be35s; Be76)

Hard landing/airframe ice  1 report (Be58)

Landed short/airframe ice accumulation  1 report (Be60)

Runway overrun  1 report (Be58)

Runway overrun/wet runway surface  1 report (Be36)

Collision with animal during landing  1 report (Be36)

Miscellaneous (6 reports; 6% of the total)

Taxi into obstacle/parked aircraft  2 reports
(both Be36s)

Electrical fire on the ground  1 report (Be55)

Electrical fire in flight  1 report (Be58)

Pilot death by natural causes  1 report (Be36)

Bird strike  1 report (Be58)

Attempted air piracy  1 report (Be76)

Stall (4 reports; 5% of the total)

Stall during go-around/balked landing  2 reports
(Be36; Be55)

Stall during landing: Door open in flight  1 report (Be35)

Stall during takeoff   1 report (Be36)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT)  (2 reports; 2% of the total)

CFIT  1 report (Be33)

Controlled Flight into Terrain: Descent into Water at Night  1 report (Be35)

Impact on takeoff (2 reports; 2% of the total)

Loss of directional control on takeoff  1 report (Be58)

Failure to lift off/runway overrun on takeoff   1 report (Be36)

Unknown (3 reports)

Crash/unknown  1 report  (Baron model unknown)

Takeoff/unknown  1 report (Be33)

Approach/unknown  1 report (Be24)

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