Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

4/18/2018 through 4/25/2018

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.  © 2018 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

There are no newly posted piston Beechcraft FAA preliminary reports this week. Good job, everybody!

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

4/16 double-fatality G33 crash at Warsaw, Ohio.  From the report:

…about 0630 eastern daylight time a Beech G33 impacted terrain near Warsaw, Ohio. The commercial rated pilot and passenger were both fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan.

The flight departed from the Elyria Airport (1G1), Elyria, Ohio, and was en route to the Deland Municipal Airport (DED), Deland, Florida…. The pilot was in radio contact with air traffic control. While in cruise flight, the pilot requested a descent after encountering icing conditions. The airplane continued its descent and then dropped off radar.

Change “Crash/Unknown” to “Controlled Flight into Terrain/Airframe ice accumulation” and change “weather unknown” to “IMC”. The apparently controlled descent may have results from: 

(1) inability to maintain altitude as a result of ice accumulation, and descent at the least rate of controllable descent until terrain contact; 

(2) intentionally pitching down to maintain minimum ice speed, not published for Bonanzas but for similar models certificated for flight in icing conditions is publshed to be 130 KIAS;

(3) Engine power loss due to induction icing, and inability to manually activate the alternate induction air if the alternate air door stuck closed and would not open automatically;

(4) Engine power loss due to induction icing and failure to manually activate the alternate induction air for some reason if the alternate air door stuck closed and would not open automatically;

(5) Some combination of the above; and/or

(6) something else entirely.

One note: It’s a common falacy that if you encounter airframe ice that you will be able to shed that ice in time to avoid loss of control or a collision with terrain. Even if you get clear of icing condtions, and/or reach an altitude where the ambient air temperature is above freezing, ice accumulations may be tenacious enough that you cannot get rid of the ice in time.  Avoid icing conditions the way you avoid (or should avoid) thunderstorms. 

Hopefully the final NTSB investigation will result in a greater learning experience for those of us still here and willing to learn.

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2018 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2018:

Total reported: 36 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  15 reports 
Operation in IMC:    4 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  16 reports
Operation at night: 4 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports 
Fatal accidents:  8 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  4 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   9 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  8 reports
Be55 Baron  7 reports
Be36 Bonanza  6 reports    
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  3 reports 
Be58 Baron  3 reports 
Be50 Twin Bonanza  2 reports  
Be76 Duchess  2 reports 
Be24 Sierra  1 report  
Be60 Duke  1 report
Be77 Skipper  1 report 
Be95 Travel Air  1 report

Be17 Staggering  0 reports 
Be18 Twin Beech  0 reports
Be19 Sport  0 reports
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  0 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  0 reports              
Be56 Baron  0 reports       

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (15 reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
(7 reports: Be35; Be36; four Be55s; Be60)  

Gear up landing  
(4 reports: Be35; Be36; Be55; Be76)

Gear up landing/known mechanical failure
(3 reports: Be33; Be55; Be76) 

Gear collapse during takeoff (1 report: Be35)

Landing gear collapse during landing//known mechanical failure   
Gear up landing or gear collapse/alternator/electrical failure  
Gear collapse during taxi  
Gear collapse during touch-and-go
Gear collapse on the ground 

Nosewheel separation after takeoff  

Engine failure (5 reports)

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb  
(3 reports: Be35, Be36; Be77)

Catastrophic engine failure in flight  (1 report: Be36)

Engine fire in flight (1 report: Be50)

Engine failure in flight  
Engine failure during approach/landing  
Partial power loss immediately after takeoff  
Engine failure immediately after takeoff/multiengine aircraft  
Engine failure during missed approach in IMC  
Fuel starvation 

Impact during landing (4 reports) 

Loss of directional control during landing/Snow/Ice (1 report: Be36)

Loss of control during touch-and-go/tail strike (1 report: Be24)

Hard landing (I report: Be55) 

Loss of control during landing/porpoising/Pilot-Induced Oscillation  (1 report: Be58)

Landed long/runway overrun  
Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach  
Collision with animal on runway
Collision with obstacle on runway   
Propeller strike during landing  


Impact during takeoff (1 report)

Collision with another aircraft on the runway  (1 report: Be36)

Loss of directional control during takeoff  
Runway overrun/failure to climb during takeoff  

Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) (2 reports)

Loss of control/single engine go-around  (1 report: Be95)

Loss of Control/Attempted visual flight in IMC/night  (1 report: Be35)

Control vibration/flutter
(1 report)

Vibration during descent, subsequently found tail damage  (1 report: Be35) 

Controlled Flight into Terrain (1 report)

Airframe ice accumulation  (1 report: Be33)

Controlled Flight into Terrain/Mountainous/Rapidly Rising Terrain 

Miscellaneous  (1 report)(0 reports)

Taxi into object/another aircraft  (1 report: Be58) 

Bird strike  
Taxiway excursion  
Autopilot/trim/control system malfunction  
Fixed landing gear failure during landing  
Fire in flight (system unknown)  

Unknown (6 reports)

(6 reports: Be33; two Be35s; Be36; Be55; Be58)  

Forced landing/unknown  
Runway excursion/unknown 


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