Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

8/18/2016 through 8/24/2016

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


From unofficial sources

Week of 8/21/16 (specific day and time not reported): A Be35’s nose gear collapsed during landing at an undisclosed location in Brazil. A FLYING LESSONS reader forwarded me a Facebook video of the event. According to the reader, the pilot was “landing with a nosegear broken” as a result of “hitting a bump” during takeoff. He had “landed [in the grass] alongside the runway to [avoid] producing sparks.”  

The video shows what appears to be a normal but somewhat fast approach and touchdown, albeit with flaps retracted. However, as soon as there’s weight on the nose wheel the gear leg folded back into the wheelwell. As the airplane decelerated it appears to have hit a bump in the unprepared surface; the Bonanza flipped completely over and came to rest on its back, pointed opposite the direction of landing. The reader reports no one aboard the Bonanza was injured.  PT-KEX (D-9722) is/was a 1975 V35B registered in Brazil.

(“Gear collapse during landing”)

New reports this week

8/20 1540Z (1040 local Saturday morning): A Be35 “force-landed in a field” near Manhattan, Kansas.  The two aboard report no injury; damage is “unknown”. N581U (D-8376) is/was a 1966 V35 registered in Kansas.

(“Total engine failure during cruise flight”—almost certainly the cause, unless we learn more. There is nothing on this even in the usual local media or on insurance industry websites).

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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

The airplane impacted a soy-bean field in a nose low attitude and a postimpact fire ensued. An examination of the wreckage found all major airplane components were accounted for at 2016 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2015:

Total reported: 102 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  54 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  46 reports
Operation at night:  7 reports 
Surface wind > 15 knots:  1 report    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  8 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  23 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   9 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  25 reports   
Be36 Bonanza 15 reports  
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  14 reports  
Be58 Baron  11 reports  
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  10 reports     
Be55 Baron  7 reports
Be24 Sierra  5 reports        
Be18 Twin Beech  2 reports   
Be60 Duke  2 reports
Be76 Duchess  2 reports
Be77  2 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report
Be17 Staggering  1 report  
Be 19 Sport  1 report

(all subject to update per official findings):

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

Gear up landing  
20 reports (five Be33s; eight Be35s; five Be36s; Be55; Be58)

Gear collapse during landing  
19 reports (Be18; Be24; Be33; six Be35s; two Be36s; six Be58s; two Be60s)

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 (23 reports: 23% of the total)

Total engine failure during cruise flight  
10 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 (14 reports; 14% of the total)

Loss of directional control during landing  
5 reports (Be18; Be24; two Be33s; Be77) 

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

Hard landing  
2 reports (Be23; 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; 7% 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 (6 reports;  6% 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)

Taxiway excursion/propeller strike  1 report (Be36)

Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I)  (5 reports; 5% of the total)

Loss of control during go around/balked landing  
2 reports (both Be55s)

Inflight break-up/Catastrophic airframe failure   1 report (Be35)

Partial panel flight/Loss of control/Inflight breakup 1 report (Be35)

Loss of control in flight/stall/spin/multiengine training  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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