Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 4/8/2021 – 4/14/2021 

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

4/6 1900Z (1500 local Tuesday afternoon): A Be35 landed gear up at Mcalpin, Florida. The pilot and three passengers were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N3059C (D-5715) is a 1958 J35 registered in Largo, Florida.

(“Gear up landing”)


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

There are no newly posted piston Beechcraft preliminary reports this week.


2021 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2021:

Total reported: 43 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 24 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  18 reports
Operation at night: 5 reports    

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

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  7 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   5 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series:  7 reports

By Aircraft Type      

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


Total reported 2021:  7 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  4 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  3 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  0 reports 
Fatal accidents:  1 report

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  2 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   0 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   1 report 

Impact during takeoff

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


OTHER EVENTS    6 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  
1 reports (Be23; Be24)


Impact during takeoff

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


BONANZA/BARON Series:   35 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza   14 reports 
Be36 Bonanza   13 reports 
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza   3 reports  
Be95 Travel Air 
  2 reports 
Be55 Baron   2 reports 
Be58 Baron   1 report   
   

Be56 Turbo Baron


Total reported 2021:  35 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  19 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  13 reports
Operation at night: 4 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports
Fatal accidents:  4 reports

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

 

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

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    6 reports

Engine failure   4 reports

Engine failure immediately after takeoff/unsuccessful attempt to return to airport   2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be35)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff   1 report (Be36) 


Impact during/immediately after takeoff  1 report  

Takeoff/unknown   1 report (Be58)


Impact during approach/landing  1 report

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



OTHER EVENTS    29 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps   14 reports

Gear up landing  
7 reports (two 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)


Engine failure  5 reports

Engine failure just after takeoff  
3 reports (Be35; two Be36s)

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be36)

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   3 reports

Taxi into obstacle  
2 reports (Be35; Be95)

Takeoff with tow bar attached   1 report (Be55)

Bird strike   1 report (Be36)


MISCELLANEOUS Models:  1 report 

Be18 Twin Beech/Expeditor/Kansan

Be17 Staggerwing
Be45 Mentor/T-34
Be50 Twin Bonanza   
Be60 Duke     
Be65 Queen Air   

 

Total reported 2021: 1 report

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  1 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:  0 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   1 report

Impact on landing   

Loss of directional control during landing   1 report (Be18)

 

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