Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beech Accidents 4/10/2014 through 4/23/2014

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 on preliminary topics 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.
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Regarding the 4/5 F33A gear-up landing at Kirksville, Missouri: Multiple readers wrote that the airplane landed gear up, but only after engine failure during a low pass or go-around as a result of running the selected fuel tank dry.  The pilot then executed a smooth, wheels up landing in a field, causing only minor damage "that will be repaired," according to one reader.  A local newspaper report corroborates the report.  Change "Gear up landing" to "Fuel starvation".

New reports this week

4/10 0045Z (1845 local Wednesday evening 4/9):  A Be33 landed gear up and "struck the prop" at Emmet, Idaho.  The solo pilot was unhurt and the airplane suffered "minor" damage.  N355Z (CD-387) is a 1960 35-A33 registered in Star, Idaho.

("Gear up landing")

4/13 2015Z (1615 local Sunday afternoon):  A passenger aboard a Be24 died, and the pilot and two other passengers suffered "unknown" injuries, when the Sierra crashed one-half mile from the Denton, Texas airport.  The airplane has "substantial" damage.  N23984 (MC-471) is/was a 1977 C24R registered in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

("Approach/unknown"; "Fatal";"Substantial damage") 

4/14 1914Z (1514 local Mondau afternoon):  A Be58 "blew [its] main tires and sustained minor damage" while landing at Kendall-Tamiami Airport, Miami, Florida.  The solo pilot was not hurt.  N258TM (TH-1539) is a 1988 Baron 58 registered in Miami.

("Tire failure on landing")

4/15 1345Z (0845 Tuesday morning):  A Be35 "struck a threshold light" during landing at Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  The solo pilot was unhurt and airplane damage is "minor".  N6027E (D-5928) is a 1959 K35 registered in Tekamah, Nebraska.

("Landed short")

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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

2014 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2014:

Total reported:  32 reports 

Note: FAA preliminary reports no longer report weather conditions
Operation in VMC:  16 reports 

Operation in IMC:    4 reports  

Weather “unknown” or “not reported”: 12 reports
Operation at night:  4 reports 

Surface wind > 15 knots:  0 reports  

Fatal accidents: 5 reports  

“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  9 reports 

Aircraft “destroyed”:   5 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  9 reports
Be36 Bonanza  7 reports       
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  4 reports  
Be55 Baron  3 reports   
Be58 Baron  4 reports
Be24 Sierra  2 reports 
BE45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report
Be60 Duke  1 report
Be76 Duchess  1 report


(all subject to update per NTSB findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps
(11 reports)

Gear up landing  
5 reports (Be24; two Be33s; Be35; Be36)

Gear collapse during landing
3 reports (two Be35s; Be58)

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

Mechanical gear failure
1 report (Be76)

Tire failure on landing
1 report (Be58)

Engine failure (6 reports)

Engine failure on approach/landing
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Engine failure in flight 
1 report (Be36)

Engine failure on takeoff
1 report (Be45)

Fuel exhaustion
1 report (Be36)

Fuel starvation
1 report (Be33)

Impact on landing (6 reports)

Landed short
2 reports (Both Be35s)

Hard landing/airframe ice
1 report (Be58)

Landed short/airframe ice accumulation
1 report (Be60)

Loss of directional control on landing
1 report (Be55)

Runway overrun/wet runway surface
1 report (Be36)

Miscellaneous (3 reports)

Taxi into obstacle/parked aircraft
1 report (Be36)

Electrical fire on the ground
1 report (Be55)

Electrical fire in flight
1 report (Be58)

Pilot death by natural causes
1 report (Be36)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT)  (2 reports)
1 report (Be33)

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

Stall (1 report)

Stall during go-around/balked landing
1 report (Be55)

Unknown (2 reports)

1 report (Be33)

1 report (Be24)

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