Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

4/28/2016 through 5/4/2016

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

The FAA daily accident report website is out of service as of Wednesday, May 4th. I will update this report when the FAA site is again available.

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

2016 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2015:

Total reported: 45 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  25 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  20 reports
Operation at night:  5 reports 
Surface wind > 15 knots:  1 report    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  3 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  8 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   2 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  15 reports   
Be36 Bonanza  5 reports
Be58 Baron  5 reports
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  4 reports  
Be55 Baron  4 reports     
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  3 reports  
Be17 Staggering  1 report
Be 24 Sierra  1 report
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report 
Be60 Duke  1 report
Be76 Duchess  1 report
Be77  1 report

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (19 reports: 42% of the total)

Gear collapse during landing  
9 reports (five Be35s; three Be58s; Be60)

Gear up landing  
8 reports (five Be35s; two Be36s; Be55)

Gear collapse during takeoff  1 report (Be35)

Gear collapse during taxi  1 report (Be55)

Engine failure (13 reports: 29% of the total)

Total engine failure during cruise flight  
6 reports (two Be23s three Be33s; Be36)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff  
3 reports (Be24; Be35; Be36) 

Engine failure during approach/landing  
2 reports (Be33; Be55)

Partial power loss during cruise flight  1 report (Be35)  

Fuel exhaustion  1 report (Be36)

Impact during takeoff (4 reports; 9% of the total)

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

Runway overrun during attempted takeoff  1 report (Be45)

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

Impact during landing (3 reports; 7% of the total)

Hard landing  1 report (Be58)

Loss of directional control during takeoff  1 report (Be65)

Loss of directional control during landing  1 report (Be77)

Miscellaneous (3 reports;  7% of the total))

Bird strike shortly after takeoff  1 report (Be33)

Collision with powerlines  1 report (Be35)

Diverted in flight/Unknown  1 report (Be58)

Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I)  (2 reports)

Inflight break-up/Catastrophic airframe failure   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)

Recognize an N-number?  Want to check on friends or family that may have been involved in a cited mishap?  Click here to find the registered owner.   Please accept my sincere personal condolences if you or anyone you know was involved in a mishap.  I welcome your comments, suggestions and criticisms.  

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