Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

11/9/2017 through 11/15/2017

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.  © 2017 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

There are no new piston Beechcraft preliminary reports this week.


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

11/2 Travel Air crash onto a golf course in North Las Vegas, Nevada. From the report:

On November 02, 2017, about 1735 Pacific daylight time, a Beech B95, N9628R, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a reported loss of engine power near the North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) Las Vegas, Nevada. The flight instructor and commercial rated pilot sustained minor injuries….

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight departed VGT about 1630. According to the pilot, on final approach, the engine began to surge and lost power. Unable to make the airport, he decided to land on a nearby field located on a golf course. During the landing, the airplane's right wing struck an obstacle which resulted in substantial damage to the wing. The airplane came to rest in a pond, submerged in water. 

11/4 double-fatality V35B descent into obstacles at Alva, Oklahoma. The NTSB preliminary report states:

According to a state trooper who spoke with the pilot in the emergency room at Alva, the pilot and flight instructor flew to Cherokee Municipal Airport (4O5), Cherokee, Oklahoma for a practice approach and were returning to [K]AVK. While on a visual approach to Runway 18, the pilot and flight instructor noticed the left engine cowling pop up. According to the pilot, the flight instructor assumed control of the airplane. The airplane continued its descent until striking trees and a power line, which were about 40 ft higher than the airport's elevation and 3,000 ft prior to the Runway 18 threshold. The airplane came to rest on its left side and a postcrash fire ensued.e 

The flight instructor died in an explosion that occured as the two attempted to exit the aircraft after impact, as reported last week. The pilot succumbed to his injuries about two days after the crash. Change “Weather not reported” to “VMC”.

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2017 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2017:

Total reported: 121 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  68 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  52 reports
Operation at night: 10 reports    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  15 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  5 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  25 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   21 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  24 reports 
Be36 Bonanza  21 reports
Be55 Baron  16 reports     
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  13 reports 
Be58 Baron  12 reports      
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  8 reports
Be76 Duchess  6 reports  
Be19 Sport  5 reports 
Be24 Sierra  4 reports
Be17 Staggering  3 reports 
Be18 Twin Beech  3 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  3 reports      
Be95 Travel Air  3 reports
Be60 Duke  2 reports      
Be77 Skipper  1 report 

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (51 reports; 46% of total reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
20 reports (Be17; two Be18s; Be24; two Be33s; three Be35s; three Be36s; two Be45s; four Be55s; two Be58s; Be60; Be95)

Gear up landing  
19 reports (two Be24s; two Be33s; five Be35s; two Be36s; Be55; three Be58s; three Be76s; Be95)

Landing gear collapse during landing//known mechanical failure  
3 reports (Be50; two Be55s)

Gear up landing or gear collapse/alternator/electrical failure  
2 reports (Be35; Be58) 

Gear up landing/known mechanical failure  
2 reports (Be55; Be76)

Gear collapse during taxi  1 report (Be55)

Gear collapse during touch-and-go  1 report (Be55)

Gear collapse on the ground  1 report (Be36)

Nosewheel separation after takeoff  1 report (Be36)

Engine failure (22 reports; 15% of total reports)

Engine failure in flight  
6 reports (Be17; Be19; two Be33s; two Be36s)

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb 
4 reports (Be23; Be24; two Be36s)

Engine failure during approach/landing  
5 reports (Be23; Be33; Be35; Be36; Be95)

Catastrophic engine failure in flight  
3 reports (Be33; Be35; Be36)

Partial power loss immediately after takeoff  
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff/multiengine aircraft  1 report (Be55)

Engine failure during missed approach in IMC  1 report (Be18)

Fuel starvation  1 report (Be35)

Impact during landing (21 reports; 17% of total reports)

Loss of directional control during landing  
5 reports (Be33; Be35; two Be55s; Be58)

Landed long/runway overrun  
4 reports (two Be23s; Be35; Be76)

Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach  
5 reports (Be33; two Be35s; Be36; Be45)

Collision with animal on runway
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Loss of directional control during landing/Snow/Ice 1 report (Be58)

Collision with obstacle on runway  1 report (Be58)

Hard landing  1 report (Be19)

Propeller strike during landing  1 report (Be33)

Landing/unknown  1 report (Be23)

Miscellaneous (8 reports: 6% of total reports)

Taxi into object/another aircraft  
2 reports (Be19; Be76)

Bird strike  
2 reports (Be33; Be55)

Taxiway excursion  
2 reports (both Be58s)

Autopilot/trim/control system malfunction  1 report (Be36)

Fixed landing gear failure during landing  1 report (Be19)

Impact during takeoff (4 reports; 4% of total reports)

Runway overrun/failure to climb during takeoff  
2 reports (Be23; Be36)

Loss of directional control during takeoff  1 report (Be55)

Takeoff/Unknown 1 report (Be23)

Stall/Spin/Loss of Control In Flight (3 reports; 3% of total reports)

Stall/spin/loss of control in flight during multiengine training  1 report (Be60)

Stall/spin/loss of control during low speed practice  1 report (Be35)

Loss of control/Attempted visual flight in IMC  1 report (Be36)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (1 report)

Controlled Flight into Terrain/Mountainous/Rapidly Rising Terrain  1 report (Be19)

Unknown (14 reports)

6 reports (Be17; Be23; Be35; Be36; Be55; Be58)

Forced landing/unknown  
5 reports (Be33; two Be35s; Be36; Be77)

Runway excursion/unknown 1 report (Be35)

Takeoff/Unknown  1 report (Be35)

Approach/unknown  1 report (Be36)

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