Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 10/7/2021 – 10/13/2021 

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.  ©2021 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved

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New reports this week

10/9 0200Z (1900 local Friday evening 10/8/21): A Be36 “experienced engine failure and landed on a road” near Los Banos, California. The two aboard escaped injury despite “substantial” airplane damage. N7220B (EA-425) is a 1984 B36TC registered in Ross, California.

(“Engine failure in flight”; “Substantial damage”) 

10/9 1710Z (1310 local Saturday afternoon): A Be58 “blew a tire on landing and went off the runway” at Akron, Ohio. All three aboard were unhurt and airplane damage is “minor”. N9955M (TH-1575) is a 1989 Baron 58 registered in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

(“Blown tire during landing”)

10/11 1456Z (0856 local Monday morning): A Be58 “was lost from radar and communication then became subject of an ALNOT [Alert Notice, issued for an overdue or otherwise missing aircraft].” The Baron was en route from Delta, Colorado bound for Rock Springs, Wyoming. "Wreckage was discovered 3.5 miles NW or Molina, Colorado.” The solo pilot died and the airplane was “destroyed”. N6748V (TK-120) was a 1980 58TC registered in Rock Springs.

(“Crash/unknown”; “Fatal”; “Aircraft destroyed”—the FlightAware track shows the airplane plummeted into the ground almost immediately upon reaching the filed cruising altitude of 14,000 feet)


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

9/11 B33 engine failure during initial climb from Baker, Nevada. Change “Engine failure in flight” to “Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb” and add “substantial” damage.

9/26 triple-fatality C23 runway overrun at Lansing, West Virginia. Change “Takeoff/unknown” to “Runway overrun/failure to abort”; add “Substantial damage”.


2021 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2021:

Total reported: 135 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 75 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports 
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  58 reports
Operation at night: 7 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  5 reports 
Fatal accidents:  16 reports

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

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series: 21 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  9 reports
Be24 Custom III/Sierra  6 reports
Be76 Duchess 
   3 reports 
Be19 Sport   2 reports 
Be77 Skipper. 1 report


Total reported 2021:  21 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  15 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  6 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

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

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  9 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   1 report

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   5 reports 

Impact during takeoff   3 reports

Takeoff/Unknown   1 report (Be23)

Runway overrun/failure to abort   1 report (Be23)

Loss of control during takeoff/strong surface wind/takeoff  1 report (Be23)


Engine failure  2 reports

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be24)

Engine failure/loss of control in flight   1 report (Be23)


OTHER EVENTS    17 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps.  6 reports

Gear up landing  
4 reports (Be24; three Be76s)

Gear collpase during landing   1 report (Be24)

Landing gear mechanical failure during landing   1 report (Be24)


Impact during landing   3 reports

Hard landing   
3 reports (two Be23s; Be24)


Impact during takeoff   3 reports

Loss of control/stall immediately after takeoff/strong winds  1 report (Be19)

Failure to climb/collision with obstacles during takeoff   1 report (Be23)

Takeoff/unknown   1 report (Be24)


Engine failure   3 reports 

Engine failure in flight  
2 reports (both Be23s)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff   1 report (Be77)


Miscellaneous

Taxi into obstacle   1 report (Be77)



BONANZA/BARON Series:   107 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza   40 reports 
Be36 Bonanza   27 reports 
Be55 Baron   14 reports
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza   12 reports     
Be58 Baron   12 reports
Be95 Travel Air 
  3 reports      

Be56 Turbo Baron


Total reported 2021:  107 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  59 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  46 reports
Operation at night: 5 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  4 reports
Fatal accidents:  11 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  12 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   18 reports

 

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

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    13 reports

Engine failure   5 reports

Engine failure immediately after takeoff/unsuccessful attempt to return to airport   1 report (Be36)

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be35)

Engine failure in cruise/catastrophic oil loss  1 report (Be36) 

Engine failure during descent   1 report (Be36)

Engine failure during approach/landing   1 report (Be36)


Impact during/immediately after takeoff  4 reports  

Takeoff/unknown  
2 report (Be35; Be58)

Loss of control/simulated engine failure after takeoff during instructional flight  1 report (Be35)

Stall during takeoff/high density altitude  1 report (Be33)


Impact during approach/landing/go-around  2 reports

Loss of control during missed approach in night IMC   1 report (Be33)

Loss of directional control during landing   1 report (Be55)


Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I)  2 reports

Loss of control in flight/Attempted visual flight in IMC/night   1 report (Be33)

Stall during attempted go-around   1 report (Be35)


Miscellaneous   1 reports

Controlled flight into terrain   1 report (Be36)


Unknown   2 reports

Crash/unknown  
2 reports (Be35; Be58)



OTHER EVENTS    90 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps   39 reports

Gear up landing  
20 reports (four Be33s; nine Be35s; four Be36s; two Be55s; Be58) 

Gear collapse during landing  
16 reports (Be33; six Be35s; three Be36s; two Be55s; three Be58s; Be95)

Mechanical landing gear failure  
2 reports (Be35; Be55)

Landed with gear partial extended/electrical failure in flight   1 report (Be35)

Gear up landing after electrical failure   1 report (Be55)

Gear collapse during takeoff   1 report (Be35)


Engine failure  21 reports

Engine failure in flight  
9 reports (Be33; three Be35s; four Be36s; Be55)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff/initial climb   
5 reports (Be33; three Be36s; Be58)

Catastrophic engine failure in flight  
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Partial power loss during takeoff/failure to abort   1 report (Be35)

Oil leak/engine fire in flight   1 report (Be35)

Engine fire in flight   1 report (Be35)

Fuel exhaustion   1 report (Be33)

Dual engine failure shortly after takeoff   1 report (Be58)


Impact during approach/landing   8 reports

Hard landing   
2 reports (both Be35)

Loss of directional control during landing  
2 reports (Be35; Be55)

Landed short  
2 reports (both Be35s)

Landed long   1 report (Be35)

Collision with object during landing  1 report (Be36)


Impact during/immediately after takeoff   6 reports  

Runway excursion/loss of control during aborted takeoff  
2 reports (both Be36s)

Loss of directional control during takeoff   1 report (Be95)

Loss of directional control during takeoff/contaminated runway   1 report (Be35)

Failure to climb/collision with obstacles during takeoff   1 report (Be36)

Runway overrun/unknown   1 report (Be36)


Miscellaneous causes/Other   16 reports

Taxi into obstacle/other aircraft   
8 reports (two Be35s; Be36; Be55; two Be58s; Be95)

Bird strike  
4 reports (Be36; two Be55s; Be58)

Takeoff with tow bar attached   1 report (Be55)

Struck by taxiing airplane whie unoccupied on the ramp   1 report (Be35)

Crash/unknown   1 report (Be55)

Blown tire during landing   1 report (Be58)


MISCELLANEOUS Models:  7 reports 

Be18 Twin Beech/Expeditor/Kansan   3 reports
Be17 Staggerwing   2 reports
Be65 Queen Air   1 report
Be60 Duke   1 report

Be45 Mentor/T-34
Be50 Twin Bonanza   

 

Total reported 2021: 7 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  5 reports
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  2 reports
Operation at night: 0 reports    

Most Serious Injury

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

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  3 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   7 reports

Impact during takeoff

Loss of control/noseover during takeoff   1 report (Be17)

Loss of directional control during takeoff   1 report (Be18)


Impact on landing   

Loss of directional control during landing  
2 reports (Be17; Be18)

Gear collapse during landing/mechanical failure in flight   1 report (Be18)


Landing gear-related mishaps   1 report

Gear up landing   1 report (Be60)


Miscellaneous

Wing explosion on start-up   1 report (Be65)

 

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