Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

2/26/2019 through 3/5/2019

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.  © 2019 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


The 2018 End-of-Year Beech Weekly Accident Update is here.

Note from the FAA preliminary accident report website: Due to the recent lapse of government funding, accident/incident data from late December to mid-January are not yet shown. The anticipated time to complete the collection and display of the data is mid-February.

New reports this week

2/28 2040Z (1340 local Thursday afternoon): A Be35 landed gear up and skidded off the runway at Cottonwood, Arizona. The solo pilot was unhurt; airplane daamge is “unknown”. N8596M (D-7234) is/was a 1963 P35 registerd in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

(“Gear up landing”) 

3/4 1828Z (1228 local Monday afternoon): A Be36 landed in a field near Hammond, Louisiana. All three aboard the Bonanza were unhurt, and airplane damage is “unknown”. N618BH (E-2543) is/was a 1990 A36 registered in Harahan, Louisiana.

(“Precautionary landing/unknown”—probably an engine issue, but no data yet).

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

1/26 S35 engine failure while maneuvering for landing at Lexington, Kentucky. From the NTSB:

...the pilot stated that air traffic control vectored the airplane for landing on runway 22 (972 ft elevation), and that his airplane was sequenced behind an airplane landing to the same runway. Preliminary radar information depicted the airplane at 2,300 feet msl when it turned and aligned with the runway 6.3 miles from its approach end. The airplane's final radar target was depicted at 2,100 feet and 3.8 miles from the approach end of the runway.

According to the pilot, the airplane was "high" on the approach and he "slipped" the airplane and descended to his desired approach angle. About 1,000 feet above ground level, the pilot added power to maintain his approach angle, and the engine did not respond. The pilot stated the remedial actions he performed to restore engine power were unsuccessful, and the airplane lacked the altitude necessary to glide to the runway.

The pilot selected a horse farm directly beneath the airplane's flight path for the forced landing. During the landing roll, the airplane struck several fences which divided the property and substantially damaged the left wing, fuselage, and empennage. The airplane came to rest upright 1.4 miles prior to the approach end of runway 22. 

During the initial exam and the subsequent recovery of the airplane from the accident site, the inspector supervised the defueling of the airplane, which captured 37 gallons of fuel from the main tanks. 

1/27 A36 fuel exhaustion at Fort Worth, Texas. The NTSB reports:

The fuel gauges indicated slightly more than 1/4 full in the left fuel tank but the right tank was empty. Visual inspection of the tanks revealed a small, unknown fuel quantity in the left tank and the right fuel tank was empty. The fuel selector was positioned on the left tank. No mechanical anomalies were noted with the engine or fuel system that would have precluded normal operations. 

2/22 Beech Queen Air crash in the pattern at Colby, Kansas. From the NTSB:

...shortly after takeoff, the pilot noticed the crew door, located next to the left front seat, had inadvertently opened. The pilot initiated a precautionary landing back to CBK. While maneuvering at a low altitude to stay in visual flight rules conditions (overcast ceiling at 200 ft), the airplane stalled and impacted the terrain with the landing gear retracted. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the left wing and left aileron were bent. 

Change “Landed short” to “Loss of control—Stall during low-altitude maneuvering” and add “Substantial damage”—attempting to return to land too soon after a takeoff abnormality is often worse than continuing to climb and addressing the issue once at a safe altitude—even if that means returing for an instrument approach.


2019 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2019:

Total reported: 17 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  9 reports 
Operation in IMC:    3 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  5 reports
Operation at night: 0 reports    

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

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  7 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   4 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be36 Bonanza  7 reports
Be35 Bonanza  5 reports
Be24 Sierra  1 report
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  1 report
Be55 Baron  1 report
Be65 Queen Air  1 report
Be76 Duchess  1 report


(all subject to update per official findings):

Engine failure (6 reports)

Engine failure in flight  
2 reports (both Be36s)

Fuel starvation  1 report (Be36)

Engine failure during return to airport/door open after takeoff  1 report (Be35)

Engine fire in flight  1 report (Be36)

Engine failure during approach/landing  1 report (Be35)

Landing gear-related mishaps (4 reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
(2 reports: Be24; Be36)  

Gear collapse during taxi  (1 report: Be35)

Gear up landing  1 report (Be35)

Miscellaneous  (2 reports)(

Attempted hand-propping/unoccupied start/ground collision  1 report (Be35)0

Taxied into object/other aircraft  1 report (Be33)

Impact during landing (2 reports) 

Hard landing  1 report (Be76)

Landed short  1 report (Be65)

Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) (2 reports)

Loss of control in flight/Initial departure in IMC  1 report (Be36)

Stall during low-altitude maneuvering  1 report (Be65)

Unknown (2 reports)

Enroute/Unknown 1 report (Be55)

Precautionary landing/unknown  1 report (Be36)

Impact during takeoff (0 reports) reports)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (0 reports)

Control vibration/flutter (0 reports)


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