Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 2/19/2015 through 2/25/2015

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

2/24 1825Z (1025 local Tuesday morning):  A Be60's nose gear collapsed during landing at San Jose, California.  The pilot and passengers were unhurt; damage to the Duke is "minor".  N7420D (P-

("Gear collapse during landing"--two propeller strikes on the Duke's rate variant of the Lycoming TIO-541 engine usually means the airplane is totaled by the insurance company.)

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:  16 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  3 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  11 reports
Operation at night:  5 reports 
Surface wind > 15 knots:  0 reports    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  1 report  
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  2 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   3 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  5 reports
Be36 Bonanza  5 reports  
Be55 Baron  2 reports 
Be17 Staggerwing  1 report  
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  1 report    
Be58 Baron  1 report
Be60 Duke  1 report

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (8 reports)

Landing gear collapse during landing  
5 reports (Be35; two Be36s; Be55; Be60)

Gear up landing  
3 reports (two Be35s; Be55)

Impact during landing (3 reports)

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

Impact during takeoff (1 report)

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

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

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

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

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

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