Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 4/29/2021 – 5/12/2021 

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

4/28 1301Z (0901 local Wednesday morning): All three aboard a Be23 were killed, and the Sundowner was “destroyed”, when it “crashed under unknown circumstances into a heavily wooded area shortly after takeoff” at Middleburg, Florida. N6009U (M-2008) was a 1978 C23 registered in Middleburg.

(“Takeoff/unknown”; “Fatal”; “Aircraft destroyed”)

4/29 2235Z (1735 local Thursday evening): A Be18’s gear collapsed on landing at St. Joseph, Missouri. The two aboard were not hurt and airplane damage is “minor”. N9109R (c/n 4383) is a C18S.

("Gear collapse during landing/mechanical failure in flight”—the pilot, a noted airshow performer, posted on Facebook that the two “identified a problem with the gear when we came in to land, and spent 30 minutes troubleshooting and doing all we could in the air to address it. When all options were exhausted we made the decision to land.”)

5/1 1445Z (0945 local Saturday morning): Three aboard a Be23 have “minor” injuries, and the Musketeer “substantial” damage, when it “departed” Hutchinson, Kansas “under unknown circumstances.” N2378Z (M-102) is a 1962 Model 23, “registration pending” in Wichita, Kansas. 

(“Engine failure immediately after takeoff”; “Substantial damage”—I flew into Hutchinson with a Bonanza student later that day. There was a local fly-in featuring vintage aircraft under way. Weather conditions were very good but winds were gusting to 30 knots. An industry website tells us more:

Following a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff, the aircraft force landed to terrain during the attempted return to the point of departure at Hutchinson Regional Airport (HUT/KHUT), Hutchinson, Kansas. The airplane sustained unreported damage and the three occupants onboard received minor injuries).

5/1 1830Z (1430 local Saturday afternoon): Two aboard a Be36 suffered “serious” injuries, and the Bonanza was “destroyed”, when it “landed short of the runway” at Lakeland, Florida. N125WC (E-781) was a 1975 A36 registered in Lakeland.

(“Engine failure during approach/landing”; “Serious injuries”; “Aircraft destroyed”—an industry website adds details:

Live ATC records show that a Bonanza reported an engine failure while on approach to KLAL, heavy smoke was observed right before the approach end of runway 27, an on scene photo shows the aircraft was partially consumed by the post impact fire. Both occupants were airlifted for medical treatment with serious injuries.)  

5/3 2000Z (1500 local Monday afternoon): A Be55 “crashed under unknown circumstances on landing” at Cleveland, Texas. The solo pilot was unhurt and airplane damage is “minor”. N224S (TC-892) is a 1965 B55 registered in Houston, Texas.

(“Gear up landing after electrical failure”, according to an industry source. 

A local news report states:

According to a statement from the City of Cleveland, the pilot...of Duncan, Okla., was bringing the plane in for repairs when it experienced total electrical failure. [The pilot] was forced to perform a belly land of the 1965 Beechcraft 55 Baron. With credit to the pilot’s skill, he was able to safely land without any injuries to himself.

Several photos in the news report show the airplane on its belly, flaps up, and landing gear doors fully closed—all consistent with electrical failure and landing gear fully up. It’s unclear why the pilot would not have manually extended the landing gear under such circumstances).  

5/7 1840Z (1440 local Friday afternoon): The solo pilot of a Be23 was unharmed, and the Musketeer has “unknown” damage, after the pilot “landed hard” and the airplane “veered off [the] runway and [its] right gear sheared off” at Kalamazoo, Michigan. N3549R (M-722) is a 1965 A23 registered in Bloomington, Indiana.

(“Hard landing”) 

5/11 2000Z (1500 local Tuesday afternoon): During cruise flight a Be23 “experienced engine issues, stalled and crashed…in a field” near Merrill, Wisconsin. The Sundowner incurred a propeller strike and its landing gear collapsed. The pilot, alone in the airplane, escaped injury despite “substantial” airplane damage. N793Y (M-2184) is a 1979 C23 registered in Merrill.

(“Engine failure in flight”; “Substantial damage”—another case, if reported accurately, that illustrates the main hazard of engine failure is loss of control resulting from angle of attack). 

5/11 2105Z (1405 local Tuesday afternoon): A Be55 “turned into the grass from [the] runway instead of [a[ taxiway, and struck a runway light” at Florence, South Carolina. The solo pilot was unhurt; airplane damage is “minor”. N101DC (TC-1666) is a 1974 B55 recently registered in Greenville, South Carolina.

(“Taxi into obstacle”)


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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


2021 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2021:

Total reported: 53 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 31 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  21 reports
Operation at night: 5 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports 
Fatal accidents:  6 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  10 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   7 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series: 11 reports

By Aircraft Type      

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


Total reported 2021:  11 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  6 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  5 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  0 reports 
Fatal accidents:  2 reports

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  4 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   1 report

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   2 reports 

Impact during takeoff

Takeoff/Unknown   1 report (Be23)

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


OTHER EVENTS    9 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps

Gear up landing  
2 reports (both Be76s)

Landing gear mechanical failure during landing   1 report (Be24)


Impact during landing

Hard landing   
3 reports (two Be23s; Be24)


Engine failure

Engine failure immediately after takeoff   1 report (Be23) 

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be23)


Impact during takeoff

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



BONANZA/BARON Series:   39 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza   14 reports 
Be36 Bonanza   14 reports 
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza   4 reports  
Be55 Baron   4 reports  
Be95 Travel Air 
  2 reports 
Be58 Baron   1 report   
   

Be56 Turbo Baron


Total reported 2021:  39 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  22 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  14 reports
Operation at night: 4 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports
Fatal accidents:  4 reports

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

 

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

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    7 reports

Engine failure   4 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 approach/landing   1 report (Be36)


Impact during/immediately after takeoff  2 reports  

Takeoff/unknown   1 report (Be58)

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


Impact during approach/landing  1 report

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



OTHER EVENTS    32 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps   16 reports

Gear up landing  
8 reports (three Be33s; three Be35s; two Be36s) 

Gear collapse during landing   
5 report (two Be35s; two Be36s; Be95)

Mechanical landing gear failure   1 report (Be55)

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

Gear up landing after electrical failure   1 report (Be55)


Engine failure  5 reports

Engine failure just after takeoff  
2 reports (two Be36s)

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be36)

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

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


Impact during/immediately after takeoff   3 reports  

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

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


Impact during approach/landing   3 reports

Landed short   1 report (Be35)

Hard landing   1 report (Be35)

Collision with object during landing  1 report (Be36)


Miscellaneous causes/Other   4 reports

Taxi into obstacle  
3 reports (Be35; Be55; Be95)

Takeoff with tow bar attached   1 report (Be55)

Bird strike   1 report (Be36)


MISCELLANEOUS Models:  3 reports 

Be18 Twin Beech/Expeditor/Kansan   2 reports
Be17 Staggerwing   1 report

Be45 Mentor/T-34
Be50 Twin Bonanza   
Be60 Duke     
Be65 Queen Air   

 

Total reported 2021: 3 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  3 report
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  0 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:  1 report
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 takeoff

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


Impact on landing   

Loss of directional control during landing   1 report (Be18)

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

 

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