Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 4/9/2015 through 4/15/2015

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.  © 2015 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

4/13 2026Z (1326 local Monday afternoon):  A Be35's nose gear collapsed during landing at San Carlos, California.  The two aboard were unhurt; damage is "unknown".  N8630A (D-2040) is/was a 1949 A35 registered in San Francisco, California.

("Gear collapse during landing"--which almost always totals an airplane of this vintage.  Check your gear tensions and rod ends, folks, and replace the push rods and rod ends if they are corroded or when reaching the recommended Time in Service for overhaul or replacement as stated in the Pilot's Operating Handbook and the Maintenance Manual.  A little investment in regular maintenance of landing gear components can prevent the only certain end-of-airframe-life that occurs if one of the gear components fails.  The landing gear is not a system to skimp on or subject to deferred maintenance or repair, because the consequences of even a little failure are catastrophic to the entire airplane).

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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

2015 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2015:

Total reported:  33 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  10 reports 
Operation in IMC:    3 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  20 reports
Operation at night:  6 reports 
Surface wind > 15 knots:  0 reports    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  1 report  
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  7 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  8 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   5 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  10 reports  
Be36 Bonanza  9 reports   
Be58 Baron  4 reports  
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom  3 reports
Be55 Baron  2 reports
Be17 Staggerwing  1 report  
Be19 Sport  1 report  
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  1 report 
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report   
Be60 Duke  1 report

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (13 reports)

Landing gear collapse during landing  
9 reports (two Be35s; three Be36s; Be55; two Be58s; Be60)

Gear up landing  
4 reports (two Be35s; Be45; Be55)

Impact during landing (7 reports)

Loss of directional control during landing  
4 reports (Be17; Be23; Be33; Be35)

Landed long/runway overrun  1 report (Be58)

Hard landing  1 report (Be23)

Landed short/impacted obstacles  1 report (Be35)

Engine failure (6 reports)

Engine failure in flight  1 report (Be36)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff--catastrophic cylinder separation 1 report (Be35)

Engine failure in flight/Catastrophic oil loss  1 report (Be19)

Partial power loss during takeoff/failure to abort  1 report (Be35)

Partial power loss in cruise with subsequent total engine failure  1 report (Be36)

Fuel exhaustion  1 report (Be36)

Impact during takeoff (2 reports)

Loss of directional control/rejected takeoff  1 report (Be58)

Loss of directional control/possible mechanical cause  1 report (Be23)

Stall (2 reports)
Stall during missed approach in IMC  1 report (Be36)

Stall/mush on takeoff  1 report (Be35)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT)  (1 report)
Controlled Flight into Terrain/Icing Conditions  1 report (Be36)

Tail vibration/control flutter (1 report)
Tail vibration/control flutter during high-speed descent  1 report (Be35)

Crash/Unknown (1 report)
Crash/unknown: Night, mountainous terrain  1 report (Be36)

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