Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

2/16/2017 through 2/22/2017

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

2/16 0241Z (1841 local Wednesday 2/15/17): A Be33 incurred “substantial” damage, and its pilot “minor” injury, when it force-landed on a race track at Pomona, California. A passenger was unhurt.  N222EN (CE-744) was a 1977 F33A registered in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

(“Engine failure in flight”; “Airplane destroyed”; “Night"—according to a news account, the flight was en route from Fresno, CA to Upland, CA is “engine just quit” and the pilot glided down over a “metropolitan area” to the vicinity of the racetrack. “My plane is totaled,” the pilot says on video, “but at least I am still alive and my passenger is still alive.”  He appears to have done a great job of controlling the airplane, saving his mother [the passenger] and himself after the engine quit.

Many pilots are concerned about flight in single-engine airplanes over mountains, or large bodies of water, or other inhospitable terrain. Have you ever considered limits on your options when flying over a major population area? Is it less or more risky to fly over, say, the Los Angeles area as it is flying across the Great Lakes? There is no one correct answer—you need to consider your options in both scenarios.)

2/16 1852Z (1352 local Thursday afternoon): The solo pilot of a Be45 died, and the T-34 was “destroyed”, when it crashed “under unknown circumstance” at a private airstrip at Bainbridge, Georgia. N3434G (53-4106) was a 1953 A45 registered in Camilla, Georgia.

(“Crash/unknown”; “Fatal”; “Aircraft destroyed”—an industry reports "The aircraft clipped trees and impacted turf runway terrain at the pilot owned Anderson Airport (GE21) in Climax, Georgia. The airplane came to rest inverted, sustaining substantial damage, and the sole pilot onboard received fatal injuries.)

2/16 1900Z (1400 local Thursday afternoon): Two aboard a Be23 died, and the airplane was “destroyed,” when it “crashed under unknown circumstances” near Barrow County Airport, Winder, Georgia. The flight had reportedly just taken off when the crash occurred. N24695 (M-1446) was a 1973 C23 Sundowner recently registered in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

(“Takeoff/Unknown”; “Fatal”; “Aircraft destroyed”—with hopefully more to learn after investigation)

2/18 2325Z (1825 local Saturday evening): A Be35 “went off the end of the runway” while landing at Manassas, Virginia. The solo pilot was unhurt and airplane damage is “unknown”. N976DS (D-9931) is/was a 1976 V35B registered in Manassas. 

(“Landed long/runway overrun”)

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

1/21 G36 engine failure during initial climb.  From the NTSB preliminary report:

A Hawker Beechcraft G36, N979BA, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain after a loss of engine power during initial climb from Essex County Airport (CDW), Caldwell, New Jersey. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an Instrument flight rules plan was filed. The pilot taxied to Runway 22 at CDW. After a delay for inbound traffic and weather, the controller cleared the airplane for takeoff with a left turnout. Security camera video and photographs revealed that after taking off, the airplane turned left and continued climbing until it reached an approximate height of 100 feet above ground level, and then began to descend. The airplane then struck the roof of a warehouse with the left wing, impacted terrain in a nose low attitude while rotating to the left, then made contact with the ground with the belly of the airplane, and a large fire erupted. The accident site was located approximately 0.5 miles from the departure end of Runway 22. Examination of the accident site and wreckage revealed that the landing gear was down, the three bladed propeller separated from the engine during the impact sequence, and the majority of the airplane's cabin had been consumed by fire. According to FAA records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on June 16, 2016. He reported on that date, that he had accrued 1,430 total hours of flight experience. According to FAA and maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 2012. Its most recent annual inspection was completed on January 16, 2017. At the time of the inspection, the airplane had accrued 251.9 total hours of operation. 

Change “Crash/Unknown” to “Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb” and “Weather unknown” to “IMC”.

2017 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2017:

Total reported: 28 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  8 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  19 reports
Operation at night: 4 reports    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  2 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  7 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   4 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  6 reports  
Be55 Baron  6 reports  
Be58 Baron  4 reports  
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  3 reports 
Be17 Staggering  2 reports   
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  2 reports
Be76 Duchess  2 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report 
Be36 Bonanza 1 report   
Be95 Travel Air  1 report

Be18 Twin Beech  0 reports
Be 19 Sport  0 reports   
Be24 Sierra  0 reports   
Be60 Duke  0 reports      
Be77  0 reports

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (15 reports) 

Gear collapse during landing  
5 reports (Be33; two Be35s; Be55; Be95)

Gear up landing  
3 reports (Be33; Be58; Be76)

Landing gear collapse during landing//known mechanical failure  
2 reports (both Be55)

Gear up landing or gear collapse/alternator/electrical failure  
2 reports (Be35; Be58) 

Gear up landing/known mechanical failure  
2 reports (Be55; Be76)

Gear collapse during taxi  1 report (Be55)

Impact during landing (7 reports)

Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach  
2 reports (Be35; Be45)

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

Collision with animal on runway 1 report (Be35)

Loss of control during landing  1 report (Be55)

Landed long/runway overrun  1 report (Be35)

Landing/unknown  1 report (Be23)

Unknown (3 reports)

2 reports (Be17; Be58)

Takeoff/Unknown 1 report (Be23)

Engine failure (3 reports)

Engine failure in flight  
2 reports (Be17; Be33)

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb 1 report (Be36)

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