Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

6/16/2016 through 6/22/2016

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.  © 2016 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

6/15 1815Z (1115 local Wednesday morning): A Be58’s gear collapsed during landing at Colusa, California. The Baron’s two occupants were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N77NW (TK-141) is/was a 1981 58TC registered in California.

(“Gear collapse during landing”—two props and two engine tear-down/rebuilds, and the usual damage to the airplane’s underside, and it’s uncertain whether this airplane will be repaired or scrapped despite what usually results from simple errors in the rigging and upkeep of the robust Beechcraft landing gear system.)

6/16 0337Z (2037 local Thursday evening): A Be77 made a forced landing on a highway four miles from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Skipper stuck a sign during the landing attempt, causing “substantial” airplane damage although the two occupants escaped without injury. N60189 (WA-7) is/was a 1979 Skipper registered in Texas.

(“Total engine failure during cruise flight”; “Substantial damage”)

6/17 2005Z (1605 local Friday afternoon): A Be33’s gear collapsed during arrival at Ocean City, New Jersey. The solo pilot was unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N1567M (CE-1407) is/was a 1989 F33A registered in New Jersey.

("Gear collapse during landing”—the cost of repairs may not bode well for the Bonanza’s future as well.)

6/18 0130Z (2030 local Friday evening 6/17): The wing tip of as Be33 was damaged during landing from a night dual instructional flight at Salina, Kansas. The student and instructor were not injured, and damage to the Bonanza is “minor”. N853KS (CE-1765) is a 1993 F33A registered in Kansas.

("Wingtip collision with obstacle during landing”; “Night”; “Dual instruction”)

6/18 1514Z (1014 local Saturday morning): A Be23 force-landed in a field short of the runway at Prescott, Arizona. The two aboard were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N9246S (M-1742) is/was a 1975 C23 Sundowner registered in Kansas.

("Engine failure during approach/landing”—just short of the runway during landing is often the result of a fuel management issue. Local news reports the airplane was arriving to participate in a cross-country air racing event, so it’s likely it was inbound from a long cross-country at the time. of the crash)

6/18 1637Z (1237 local Friday afternoon): The solo pilot of a Be35 received “unknown” injury after it “force landed in the ocean three miles from the Westerly State Airport, Westerly, Rhode Island. N112MB (D-6945) is/was a 1962 P35 registered in New York.

(“Engine failure during approach/landing”; “Airplane destroyed [an assumption because of salt water immersion]”—A local news item reports:

A preliminary investigation indicates that [the airplane]lost power and [the pilot] attempted to head toward Westerly Airport, but due to a loss in altitude, decided to make an emergency landing into the water so he wouldn't hit people on the beach.

The pilot was able to escape the plane before it sank. Lifeguards were able to help [him] back to the beach.

The pilot was taken to RI Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.)

6/19 1906Z (1406 local Sunday afternoon): A Be58’s gear collapsed during the landing roll at Dallas Executive Airport, Dallas, Texas. The pilot and four passengers were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N711RX (TH-611) is/was a 1975 Baron 58 registered in Texas.

(“Gear collapse during landing”—see my comments about the 6/15 Baron gear collapse).

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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

2016 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2015:

Total reported: 78 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  46 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  31 reports
Operation at night:  6 reports 
Surface wind > 15 knots:  1 report    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  6 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  18 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   7 reports

Other factors

FAA's 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  19 reports   
Be36 Bonanza 12 reports
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  11 reports
Be58 Baron  9 reports  
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  8 reports     
Be24 Sierra  4 reports
Be55 Baron  4 reports      
Be76 Duchess  2 reports
Be77  2 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report
Be17 Staggering  1 report
Be18 Twin Beech  1 report
Be60 Duke  1 report

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (34 reports: 44% of the total)

Gear collapse during landing  
16 reports (Be24; Be33; five Be35s; two Be36s; six Be58s; Be60)

Gear up landing  
13 reports (three Be33s; six Be35s; three Be36s; Be55)

Gear collapse during takeoff  
2 reports (Be35; Be76)

Gear collapse during taxi  1 report (Be55)

Gear up landing/Attempted go-around after propeller strike/Stall  1 report (Be35)

Landing gear failed to extend/replacement tire interference with gear system 1 report (Be24)

Engine failure (22 reports: 28% of the total)

Total engine failure during cruise flight  
9 reports (four Be23s three Be33s; Be35; Be36; Be77)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff  
5 reports (Two Be24s; Be35; two Be36s) 

Engine failure during approach/landing  
5 reports (Be23; two Be33s; Be35; Be55)

Partial power loss during cruise flight  1 report (Be35)  

Fuel exhaustion  1 report (Be36)

Fuel starvation  1 report (Be23)

Impact during landing (8 reports; 10% of the total)

Loss of directional control during landing  
3 repors (Be18; Be33; Be77) 

Landed long/runway overrun 
2 reports (Be23; Be36)

Hard landing  1 report (Be58)

Runway excursion during landing 1 report (Be36)

Wingtip collision with obstacle during landing  1 report (Be33)

Impact during takeoff (6 reports; 8% of the total)

Loss of directional control during takeoff  
3 reports (Be17; Be23; Be65)

Runway overrun during attempted takeoff  1 report (Be45)

Loss of control shortly after takeoff/unknown  1 report (Be76)

Runway overrun/rejected takeoff  1 report (Be58)

Miscellaneous (4 reports;  5% of the total)

Bird strike shortly after takeoff  1 report (Be33)

Bird strike in cruise flight  1 report (Be36)

Collision with powerlines  1 report (Be35)

Diverted in flight/Unknown  1 report (Be58)

Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I)  (3 reports; 4% of the total)

Inflight break-up/Catastrophic airframe failure   1 report (Be35)

Partial panel flight/Loss of control/Inflight breakup 1 report (Be35)

Loss of control during go around/balked landing  1 report (Be55)

Midair collision (1 report)

Collision during visual maneuvering  1 report (Be35)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) (1 report)

Controlled Flight into Terrain/Mountains  1 report (Be23)

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