Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

3/15/2018 through 3/21/2018

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.  © 2018 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

3/17 1600Z (1100 local Saturday morning): A Be55 “experienced gear collapse” while landing at Asheville, North Carolina. The two aboard report no injuries; airplane damage is “unknown”. N21KF (TC-1926) is/was a 1976 B55 registered in Oxford, Mississippi.

(“Gear collapse during landing”)

3/19 2035Z (1235 local Monday afternoon): A Be50 was taking off from Prescott, Arizona. However, “due to engine smoke from the aircraft” the pilot returned to land. The solo pilot was unhurt and airplane damage is “unknown”. N107WS (GH-107) is a 1959 G50 Twin Bonanza registered in Paulden, Arizona.

(“Engine fire in flight”)

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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

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2018 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2018:

Total reported: 24 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  12 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  10 reports
Operation at night: 3 reports    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  5 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  4 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   6 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  6 reports
Be36 Bonanza  4 reports  
Be55 Baron  4 reports  
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  2 reports 
Be50 Twin Bonanza  2 reports 
Be76 Duchess  2 reports 
Be58 Baron  1 report 
Be60 Duke  1 report
Be77 Skipper  1 report 
Be95 Travel Air  1 report

Be17 Staggering  0 reports 
Be18 Twin Beech  0 reports
Be19 Sport  0 reports
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  0 reports
Be24 Sierra  0 reports 
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  0 reports              
Be56 Baron  0 reports       

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (11 reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
(5 reports: Be35; three Be55s; Be60)  

Gear up landing/known mechanical failure
(3 reports: Be33; Be55; Be76) 

Gear up landing  
(3 reports: Be35; Be36; Be76)

Landing gear collapse during landing//known mechanical failure   
Gear up landing or gear collapse/alternator/electrical failure  
Gear collapse during taxi  
Gear collapse during touch-and-go
Gear collapse on the ground 

Nosewheel separation after takeoff  

Engine failure (5 reports)

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb  
(3 reports: Be35, Be36; Be77)

Catastrophic engine failure in flight  (1 report: Be36)

Engine fire in flight (1 report: Be50)

Engine failure in flight  
Engine failure during approach/landing  
Partial power loss immediately after takeoff  
Engine failure immediately after takeoff/multiengine aircraft  
Engine failure during missed approach in IMC  
Fuel starvation 

Impact during landing (1 report) 

Loss of directional control during landing/Snow/Ice (1 report: Be36)
Landed long/runway overrun  
Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach  
Collision with animal on runway
Collision with obstacle on runway  
Hard landing  
Propeller strike during landing  

Impact during takeoff (1 report)

Collision with another aircraft on the runway  (1 report: Be36)

Loss of directional control during takeoff  
Runway overrun/failure to climb during takeoff  

Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) (1 report)

Loss of control/single engine go-around  (1 report: Be95)

Control vibration/flutter
(1 report)

Vibration during descent, subsequently found tail damage  (1 report; Be35) 

Unknown (5 reports)

(6 reports: Be33; two Be35s; Be55; Be58)  

Forced landing/unknown  
Runway excursion/unknown 

Miscellaneous (0 reports)

Bird strike  
Taxi into object/another aircraft  
Taxiway excursion  
Autopilot/trim/control system malfunction  
Fixed landing gear failure during landing  
Fire in flight (system unknown)  

Stall/Spin/Loss of Control In Flight (0 reports)

Loss of control/Attempted visual flight in IMC  
Stall/spin/loss of control in flight during multiengine training  
Stall/spin/loss of control during low speed practice  

Controlled Flight into Terrain (0 reports)

Controlled Flight into Terrain/Mountainous/Rapidly Rising Terrain  

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