Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 12/11/2014 through 12/17/2014

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

12/10 1930Z (1330 local Wednesday afternoon):  A Be35's nose gear collapsed during landing at Decatur, Texas.  The solo pilot was unhurt and airplane damage is "unknown".  N7922K (D-7456) is/was a 1964 S35 registered in Aurora, Texas.

("Gear collapse during landing")

12/14 1913Z (1313 local Saturday afternoon):  A Be35 lost power during an attempted go-around, at Shreveport, Louisiana.  The solo pilot was unhurt; airplane damage is "unknown".  N635RM (D-7561) is/was a 1964 S35 registered in Ellinwood, Kansas.

("Engine failure during go-around"--local news quotes an airport official as saying "says the pilot was having landing gear issues and requested a visual check of the landing gear position by tower personnel. Shortly after passing over the runway, the pilot reported engine trouble, lost altitude and landed the small plane in the Red River.")

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:  127 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  55 reports 
Operation in IMC:    8 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  63 reports
Operation at night:  14 reports 
Surface wind > 15 knots:  2 reports    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  14 reports  
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  4 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  26 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   15 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  38 reports
Be36 Bonanza  28 reports      
Be58 Baron  17 reports  
Be55 Baron  12 reports
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  11 reports  
Be76 Duchess  7 reports
Be24 Sierra  4 reports 
Be95 Travel Air  3 reports
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  2 reports
BE45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report
Be60 Duke  1 report
Baron (model unknown)  1 report

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps
(53 reports; 41% of the total)

Gear up landing  23 reports
(two Be24s; four Be33s; nine Be35s; three Be36s; three Be55s; two Be76s)

Gear collapse during landing  19 reports
(seven Be35s; two Be36s; two Be55s; four Be58s; two Be76s; two Be95s)

Mechanical gear failure 7 reports
(two Be35s; Be36; three Be58s; Be76)

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

Gear collapse following alternator failure  1 report (Be36)

Tire failure on landing  1 report (Be58)

Gear up landing/Door open in flight   1 report (Be33)

Engine failure (25 reports; 19% of the total)

Engine failure in flight  12 reports
(Be23; three Be33s; four Be35s; four Be36s)

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

Fuel exhaustion 3 reports
(Be24; two Be36s)

Fuel starvation 3 reports
(two Be33s; Be35)

Engine failure on takeoff 1 report (Be45)

Engine failure during go-around  1 report (Be35)

Impact during landing (21 reports; 17% of the total)

Loss of directional control during landing  9 reports
(Be23; four Be35s; Be36; two Be55s; Be58)

Landed short  4 reports
(three Be35s; Be76)

Runway overrun  3 reports 
(Be36; Be55; Be58)

Runway overrun/wet runway surface  2 reports
(Be36; Be58)

Hard landing/airframe ice  1 report (Be58)

Landed short/airframe ice accumulation  1 report (Be60)

Collision with animal during landing  1 report (Be36)

Miscellaneous (10 reports; 8% of the total)

Taxied into obstacle/parked aircraft  3 reports
(two Be36s; Be55)

Taxiway excursion  2 reports
(Be35; Be36)

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)

Propeller strike  1 report (Be36)

Stall (5 reports; 4% 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)

Stall/spin during multiengine instruction  1 report (Be95)

Impact during takeoff (3 reports; 2% of the total)

Loss of directional control on takeoff  2 reports 
(both Be58s)

Failure to lift off/runway overrun on 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)

Loss of control in flight (1 report)

Loss of control: Attempted visual flight in marginal VFR at night  1 report Be58

Tail vibration/ruddervator flutter (1 report)

Tail vibration/ruddervator flutter in turbulence  1 report (Be35)

Unknown (4 reports)

Crash/unknown  1 report  (Baron model unknown)

Crash/unknown--heavy precipitation and low surface visibility  1 report (Be36)

Takeoff/unknown  1 report (Be33)

Approach/unknown  1 report (Be24)

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