Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

1/1/2017 through 1/18/2017

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.  © 2017 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

1/5 2320Z (1720 local Thursday evening): The pilot of a Be35 “reported a blown fuse that resulted in a landing gear malfunction,” at Helena, Montana.  The solo pilot was unhurt; airplane damage is “minor”. N9817R (D-6370) is/was a 1960 M35 registered in Great Falls, Montana.

("Gear up landing or gear collapse/alternator/electrical failure”—another apparent case of a pilot not knowing to extend the l;anding gear fully using the manual extension procedure after any loss of electrical power, even partial).

1/11 2132Z (1632 local Wednesday afternoon): A Be58 “went off the runway into a snowbank” while landing at Moultonboro, New Hampshire. The solo pilot was unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N6858W (TH-1438) is/was a 1984 Baron 58 registered in Concord, Massachusetts. 

(“Loss of directional control during landing/Snow/Ice”)

1/13 2102Z (1302 local Friday afternoon):  ABe76 landed with its nose gear retracted, at Hawthorne, California. The two aboard the training flight were uninjured; airplane damage is “unknown”. N6635B (ME-245) is/was a 1979 Duchess registered in Redondo Beach, California.

(“Gear up landing/known mechanical failure”)

1/14 0327Z (2227 local Friday evening 1/13/17): A Be35 “struck a deer” and its landing gear collapsed, during an attempted landing at West Palm Beach, Florida. Four persons aboard the Bonanza were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N8803M (D-7328) is/was a 1964 S35 registered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

(“Collision with animal on runway”; “Night”)

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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

2017 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2017:

Total reported: 4 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  0 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  4 reports
Operation at night: 1 reports    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  0 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  0 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  0 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   0 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  2 reports  
Be58 Baron  1 report
Be76 Duchess  1 report

Be17 Staggering  0 reports  
Be18 Twin Beech  0 reports
Be 19 Sport  0 reports
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  0 reports  
Be24 Sierra  0 reports  
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  0 reports  
Be36 Bonanza 0 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  0
Be55 Baron  0 reports
Be60 Duke  0 reports      
Be77  0 reports
Be95 Travel Air  0 reports

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (2 reports) 

Gear up landing or gear collapse/alternator/electrical failure  1 report (Be35) 

Gear up landing/known mechanical failure  1 report (Be76)

Impact during landing (2 reports)

Loss of directional control during landing/Snow/Ice 1 report (Be58)

Collision with animal  1 report (Be35)

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