Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

3/26/2020 – 4/2/2020 

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.  © 2020 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved

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New reports this week

4/1 1857Z (1357 local Wednesday afternoon): Two aboard a Be35 escaped injury despite “substantial” airplane damage during an attempted landing at Seguin, Texas. The “aircraft landed long, went off [the] end of [the] runway through a fence and trees.” N9883R (D-6454) is a 1960 M35 registered in Seguin.

(“Landing long/runway overrun”; “Substantial damage”—remember the Second Stripe Challenge and your short-final criteria for continuing a landing: Within 400 feet of the ground the airplane must meet all these criteria to continue:

- on speed

- in landing configuration

- on glidepath to the planned touchdown zone

- aligned with the runway centerline with no sideways drift

If you have not met any one of these critera, execute the go-around then. Don’t wait hoping you can fix it while you flare.)


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

3/8 V35 engine failure during approach to land at Destin, Florida. The NTSB preliminary notes [emphasis added]:

While on a 3 mile final to DTS runway 14, the pilot configured the airplane for landing, but as the airplane approached about 1 1/2 miles from the runway, the engine experienced a total loss of power. "There was no sputtering and coughing" but the propeller continued to "windmill." The pilot attempted to troubleshoot by switching fuel tanks, ensuring the mixture was rich and then attempted an engine restart, which was unsuccessful. The airplane descended and impacted trees immediately adjacent to a residence about 2,000 ft before the runway; the airplane came to rest in a tree in a left, nose down position. According to the pilot, this was the second time in the previous 12 months that the engine unexpectantly "quit" on final approach.

The Federal Aviation Administration Inspector on scene reported that the left wing was severely deformed, resulting in a ruptured fuel tank and there was leading edge damage to the right wing. Two of the propeller blades remained intact and one blade was slightly bent. In addition, the homeowner reported a strong odor of fuel immediately after the accident. 

This is the Kansas-based airplane whose co-owner had called me and explained the details, and the pilot of which later posted a detailed description of his expereince on Facebook and elsewhere. The co-woner suggested that investigation is looking at a failure of the ignition switch wiring that may have cut off both magnetos just as the pilot was nearing final approach.

I dont know to what extent the earlier engine failure, also on final approach, was investigated prior to the crash. Perhaps that is the source of the owners specultion about the ignition switch. 

Change Enigne failure in flight to Engine failure on final approach”).


2020 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2020:

Total reported: 28 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 14 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  14 reports
Operation at night: 0 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report 
Fatal accidents:  4 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  6 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   5 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series:  3 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  2 reports
Be76 Duchess 1 report

Be19 Sport.
Be24 Custom III/Sierra 
Be77 Skipper

 

Total reported 2020: 3 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  2 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  1 report
Operation at night: 0 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  0 reports 
Fatal accidents:  0 reports

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  2 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   0 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   0 reports 


OTHER EVENTS    3 reports

Impact during landing 2 reports

Loss of directional control during landing  1 report (Be23) 

Landed short   1 report (Be23)

Loss of control during go-around/simulated single-engine flight  1 report (Be76)

 

BONANZA/BARON Series:   24 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be36  13 reports
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza 3 reports
Be35 Bonanza  2 reports 
Be55 Baron  2 reports

Be58 Baron  2 reports
Be95 Travel Air 2 reports

Be56 Turbo Baron

Total reported 2020: 24 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  10 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  14 reports
Operation at night: 0 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report 
Fatal accidents:  4 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  2 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   5 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 
(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    4 reports

Impact during takeoff/initial climb  1 report 

Failed to reject takeoff/failed to attain climb/runway overrun 1 report (Be36)


Midair collision  1 report 

Midair collision in cruise flight. 1 report (Be95)


Unknown causes  2 reports

Traffic pattern/unknown   1 report (Be33)

Crash/unknown   1 report (Be36)


OTHER EVENTS    20 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps  9 reports

Gear up landing 
4 reports (two Be33s; Be36; Be58)

Partial gear extension—mechanical failure
2 reports (Be36; Be95)

Gear collapse during landing  
2 reports (Be35; Be55)

Gear collapse during landing/tow bar attached/nose gear damage 1 report (Be58)

Gear up landing/electrical failure, gear crank inaccessible 1 report (Be36)


Impact during landing  3 reports

Landed long/runway overrun  
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Collision with object during landing   1 report (Be36)


Engine failure  2 reports

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be36)

Engine failure on final approach  1 report (Be35)


Impact during takeoff  1 report

Loss of directional control during takeoff  1 report (Be36)


Miscellaneous/Unknown  3 reports

Bird strike on final approach 
2 reports (both Be36s)

Collision with object during taxi   1 report (Be55)


MISCELLANEOUS Models:  2 reports

Be50 Twin Bonanza   1 report
Be60 Duke  1 report

Be17 Staggerwing
Be18 Twin Beech/Expeditor/Kansan
Be45 Mentor/T-34
Be65 Queen Air

 

Total reported 2020: 2 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  1 report 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  1 report
Operation at night: 0 reports    

Most Serious Injury

“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report 
Fatal accidents:  0 reports

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  1 report
Aircraft “destroyed”:   0 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   1 report

Engine failure 1 report

Fuel exhaustiondual engine failure in flight   1 report (Be60)


OTHER EVENTS   1 report

Bird strike   1 report

 

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