Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

9/13/2018 through 9/19/2018

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.  © 2018 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

9/12 1902Z (1202 local Wednesday noon): A Be36 “bounced on landing and [its] nose gear collapsed” at Santa Barbara, California. The pilot and four passengers report no inury; airplane damage is “unknown”. N7215A (E-2213) is a 1984 A36 registered in Danville, California.

(“Hard landing”)

9/17 1030Z (0630 local Monday morning): The pilot of a Be35 “declared an emergency due to [unstated] malfunction,” then “landed without incident” at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The two aboard were unhurt and there is no reported airplane daamge. N9568Q (D-8203) is a 1966 V35 registered in Lake Worth, Florida.


9/18 0400Z (2100 local Monday evening 9/17): The solo pilot of an F33A suffered “serious” injuries [and later died], and the Bonanza was “destroyed,” when it “struck the roof of a house and landed in the back yard” at Cottonwood, Arizona. N2031D (CE-809) was a 1978 F33A registered in Cottonwood.

(“Engine failure in flight“ [according to the pilot]; “Fatal”; “Airplane destroyed”—a follow-in report confirms the pilot sucummbed to his injuries and passed away. A local news report states the 70-year-old pilot "managed to exit the plane on his own, according to Cottonwood police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt. She said the plane, a single-engine Bonanza Beechcraft, was on fire in the backyard of the home by the time officers arrived.

The pilot was transported to the Maricopa Burn Center. His condition was not immediately available…. The pilot told crews his engine had stopped.)

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

9/1 K35 delayed abort and runway excursion during an attempted soft-field takeoff at Harrissville, Michigan.

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2018 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2018:

Total reported: 105 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  58 reports 
Operation in IMC:    4 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  43 reports
Operation at night: 8 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  5 reports 
Fatal accidents:  17 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  18 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   22 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be36 Bonanza  24 reports
Be35 Bonanza  21 reports   
Be55 Baron  13 reports 
Be58 Baron  13 reports 
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  11 reports      
Be76 Duchess  5 reports   
Be17 Staggering  2 reports 
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  2 reports 
Be24 Sierra  3 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  2 reports
Be50 Twin Bonanza  2 reports
Be95 Travel Air  2 reports  
Be60 Duke  1 report
Be77 Skipper  1 report 

Be18 Twin Beech  0 reports
Be19 Sport  0 reports               
Be56 Baron  0 reports       

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (36 reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
(19 reports: Be24; two Be33s; two Be35s; four Be36s; Be45; six Be55s; Be58; Be60; Be95)  

Gear up landing  
(11 reports: Be33; three Be35s; two Be36s; two Be55s; Be58; two Be76s)

Gear up landing/known mechanical failure
(3 reports: Be33; Be55; Be76) 

Gear collapse during takeoff (1 report: Be35)

Pilot inadvertently retracted gear during landing (1 report: Be35)

Settled after takeoff/gear up touchdown (1 report: Be35)

Gear collapse during touch-and-go (1 report: Be33)

Landing gear collapse during landing//known mechanical failure   
Gear up landing or gear collapse/alternator/electrical failure  
Gear collapse during taxi  
Gear collapse on the ground 

Nosewheel separation after takeoff  

Engine failure (25 reports)

Engine failure in flight  
(9 reports: two Be33s; three Be35s; four Be36s)

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb  
(7 reports: two Be33s; Be35, three Be36s; Be77)

Catastrophic engine failure in flight  
(3 reports: all Be36s)

Engine failure during approach/landing
(2 reports: both Be36s)

Engine fire in flight  (1 report: Be50)

Rough running engine/forced landing (1 report: Be36)

Partial power loss immediately after takeoff  (1 report: Be33)

Fuel starvation/fuel selector mechanical failure  (1 report: Be36)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff/multiengine aircraft  Engine failure during missed approach in IMC  Fuel starvation 

Impact during landing (15 reports) 

Loss of directional control during landing
(4 reports: Be35; Be36; Be45; Be76)

Loss of control during touch-and-go
(3 reports: Be17; Be23; Be24) 

Hard landing
(3 reports: Be24; Be36; Be55) 

Landed long/runway overrun  
(2 reports: Be35; Be58) 

Loss of directional control during landing/Snow/Ice (1 report: Be36)

Loss of control during landing/porpoising/Pilot-Induced Oscillation  (1 report: Be58)

Propeller strike during landing  (1 report: Be55)

Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach (1 report: Be36)

Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach  
Collision with animal on runway
Collision with obstacle on runway   


Impact during takeoff (6 reports)

Loss of directional control during takeoff
(2 reports: Be35; Be36)

Runway overrun/delayed takeoff abort  
(2 reports: Be35; Be58)

Collision with another aircraft on the runway  (1 report: Be36)

Collision with animal on the runway  (1 report: Be33)

Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) (4 reports)

Loss of control/single engine go-around  (1 report: Be95)

Loss of Control/Attempted visual flight in IMC/night  (1 report: Be35)

Loss of control in maneuvering flight  (1 report: Be76)

Loss of control maneuvering in the traffic pattern  (1 report: Be36)

Miscellaneous  (6 reports)(0 reports)

Taxi into object/another aircraft  
(3 reports: Be35; Be55; Be58) 

Bird strike
(2 reports: both Be58s)

Fire/explosion in flight (1 report: Be58)

Taxiway excursion  
Autopilot/trim/control system malfunction  
Fixed landing gear failure during landing   

Control vibration/flutter (1 report)

Vibration during descent, subsequently found tail damage  (1 report: Be35) 

Controlled Flight into Terrain (1 report)

Airframe ice accumulation  (1 report: Be33)

Controlled Flight into Terrain/Mountainous/Rapidly Rising Terrain 

Unknown (13 reports)

(9 reports: Be33; four Be35s; two Be36s; Be55; two Be58s)  

Forced landing/Unknown (1 report: Be33)

Climb/Unknown  (1 report: Be58)   

Approach/unknown (1 report: Be60) 

Emergency/unknown  (1 report: Be35)

Runway excursion/unknown 

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