Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beech Accidents 7/3/2014 through 7/9/2014

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 on preliminary topics 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.
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New reports this week

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

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:  66 reports 

Note: FAA preliminary reports no longer report weather conditions
Operation in VMC:  35 reports 

Operation in IMC:    4 reports  

Weather “unknown” or “not reported”: 25 reports
Operation at night:  6 reports 

Surface wind > 15 knots:  0 reports  

Fatal accidents: 7 reports  

“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  14 reports 

Aircraft “destroyed”:   9 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  18 reports
Be36 Bonanza  14 reports       
Be58 Baron  12 reports
Be55 Baron  7 reports
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  6 reports     
Be24 Sierra  2 reports  
Be76 Duchess  2 reports
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  1 report
BE45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report
Be60 Duke  1 report
Be95 Travel Air  1 report
Baron (model unknown)  1 report


(all subject to update per NTSB findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps
(29 reports; 44% of the total))

Gear up landing  
12 reports (Be24; three Be33s; five Be35s; Be36; two Be55s)

Gear collapse during landing
10 reports (four Be35s; Be36; Be55; three Be58s; Be95)

Mechanical gear failure
5 reports (Be36; three Be58s; Be76)

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

Tire failure on landing
1 report (Be58)

Impact on landing (12 reports; 18% of the total)

Loss of directional control during landing
4 reports (Be23; Be35; two Be55s)

Landed short
3 reports (two Be35s; Be76)

Hard landing/airframe ice
1 report (Be58)

Landed short/airframe ice accumulation
1 report (Be60)

Runway overrun
1 report (Be58)

Runway overrun/wet runway surface
1 report (Be36)

Collision with animal during landing
1 report (Be36)

Engine failure (11 reports; 17% of the total)

Engine failure in flight 
4 reports (Be33;  three Be36s)

Engine failure on approach/landing
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Fuel exhaustion
2 reports (both Be36s)

Fuel starvation
2 reports (Be33; Be35)

Engine failure on takeoff
1 report (Be45)

Miscellaneous (4 reports; 6% of the total)

Taxi into obstacle/parked aircraft
1 report (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)

Stall (3 reports; 5% of the total)

Stall during go-around/balked landing
2 reports (Be36; Be55)

Stall during landing: Door open in flight
1 report (Be35)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT)  (2 reports; 3% of the total)

1 report (Be33)

Controlled Flight into Terrain: Descent into Water at Night
1 reprot (Be35)

Impact on takeoff (1 report)

Loss of directional control on takeoff
1 report (Be58)

Unknown (3 reports)

1 report (Baron model unknown)

1 report (Be33)

1 report (Be24)

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