Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

10/6/2016 through 10/12/2016

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

10/9 0400Z (midnight local time Saturday 10/8/16): A Be58 “went off the taxiway into the grass” during a midnight taxi at Fayetteville, Arkansas. The pilot and three passengers escaped injury. The Baron has “unknown” damage. N458G (TH-2156) is a 2014 G58 registered in Arkansas.

(“Taxiway excursion”; “Night”)

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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

2016 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2015:

Total reported: 121 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  66 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  32 reports
Operation at night:  8 reports 
Surface wind > 15 knots:  1 report    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  13 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  26 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   15 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  30 reports   
Be36 Bonanza 17 reports  
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  16 reports   
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  13 reports      
Be58 Baron  12 reports 
Be55 Baron  9 reports
Be24 Sierra  5 reports  
Be17 Staggering  3 reports
Be18 Twin Beech  2 reports
Be 19 Sport  2 reports        
Be60 Duke  2 reports
Be76 Duchess  2 reports
Be77  2 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  1 report
Be95 Travel Air  1 report

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (49 reports: 42% of the total)

Gear up landing  
21 reports (five Be33s; nine Be35s; five Be36s; Be55; Be58)

Gear collapse during landing  
20 reports (Be18; Be24; Be33; seven 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)

Gear up landing or gear collapse/Total electrical failure  1 report (Be35)

Gear up landing/gear extension system mechanical failure  1 report (Be55)

Engine failure (26 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  
6 reports (Be17; two Be24s; Be35; two Be36s) 

Engine failure during approach/landing  
7 reports (Be19; Be23; two Be33s; two Be35s; Be55)

Partial power loss during cruise flight  1 report (Be35)  

Fuel exhaustion  1 report (Be36)

Fuel starvation  1 report (Be23)

Impact during landing (17 reports; 14% of the total)

Loss of directional control during landing  
8 reports (Be17; Be18; two Be23s; 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)

Miscellaneous (12 reports;  5% of the total)

Forced landing/unknown  
2 reports (Be33; Be55)

2 reports(Be23; Be95)

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)

Taxiway excursion  1 report (Be58)

Taxiway excursion/propeller strike  1 report (Be36)

Collision with object during taxi  1 report (Be35)

Cruise/unknown  1 report (Be55)

Impact during takeoff (8 reports; 6% 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)

Loss of control during attempted takeoff abort  1 report (Be36)

Takeoff/unknown  1 report (Be19)

Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I)  (6 reports; 6% 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)

Loss of control during approach in VMC  1 report (Be36)

Midair collision (2 reports)

Collision during visual maneuvering  1 report (Be35)

Collision on short final in VMC  1 report (Be33)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) (1 report)

Controlled Flight into Terrain/Mountains  1 report (Be23)

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