Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

7/21/2016 through 7/27/2016

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

7/23 2205Z (1705 local Saturday evening): A Be35 landed with its nose wheel retracted, at Liberal, Kansas. The solo pilot reports no injury and the extent of airplane damage is “unknown”.  N4550V (D-1378) is/was a 1948 Model 35 registered in Arkansas.

(“Nose landing gear failed to extend”)

7/24 2000Z (1500 local Sunday afternoon): During an instructional flight, a Be55 “crashed under unknown circumstances” 20 miles from Omaha, Nebraska. The pilot and instructor were both killed and the Baron was destroyed. N55NE (TF-5) was a 1965 T-42A registered in Nebraska.

(“Crash/unknown”; “Fatal”; “Airplane destroyed”—sources close to the crash tell me they believe the crash is consistent with loss of control during a simulated engine out/VMC demonstration maneuver, followed by an unrecoverable flat spin that is typical of Barons put into a single-engine stall).

7/24 2300Z (1800 local Sunday evening): A Be58 “went off the end of the runway” and "struck its propeller[s]” during an attempted landing at Taylorville, Illinois. The pilot and single passenger were unhurt and airplane damage is “minor”. N669CS (TH-2445) is a 2015 G58 registered in Illinois.

(“Landed long/runway overrun”) 

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

There are no newly reported piston Beechcraft NTSB reports since June 23rd. 

2016 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2015:

Total reported: 90 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  50 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  39 reports
Operation at night:  6 reports 
Surface wind > 15 knots:  1 report    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  7 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  20 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   8 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  22 reports   
Be36 Bonanza 14 reports
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  11 reports
Be58 Baron  11 reports  
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  9 reports     
Be55 Baron  6 reports
Be24 Sierra  4 reports        
Be18 Twin Beech  2 reports  
Be76 Duchess  2 reports
Be77  2 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report
Be17 Staggering  1 report  
Be 19 Sport  1 report
Be60 Duke  1 report

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (40 reports: 45% of the total)

Gear collapse during landing  
17 reports (Be18; Be24; Be33; five Be35s; two Be36s; six Be58s; Be60)

Gear up landing  
17 reports (three Be33s; seven Be35s; five Be36s; Be55; Be58)

Gear collapse during takeoff  
2 reports (Be35; Be76)

Landing gear failed to extend/replacement tire interference with gear system 
2 reports (Be24; Be35)

Gear collapse during taxi  1 report (Be55)

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

Engine failure (22 reports: 25% 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 (11 reports; 11% of the total)

Landed long/runway overrun 
4 reports (Be23; Be35; Be36; Be58)

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

Hard landing  1 report (Be58)

Runway excursion during landing 1 report (Be36)

Wingtip collision with obstacle during landing  1 report (Be33)

Landed short/collision with obstacles on approach/landing  1 report (Be23)

Impact during takeoff (7 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)

Takeoff/unknown  1 report (Be19)

Miscellaneous (5 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)

Forced landing/unknown  1 report (Be55)

Crash/unknown  1 report (Be55)

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