Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 11/24/2021 – 12/1/2021 

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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Update

11/23 C35 loss of directional control that was an “unofficial” report last week: The FAA preliminary report is now posted and states N2033D was “destroyed” in the ground collision with a parked and unoccupried Cessna 172. The Flight Safety Foundation website agrees that the airplane was “written off,” i.e., “totaled.” It’s still uncertain whether the pilot lost control during landing or the Bonanza pilot collided with the parked aircraft while taxiing afterward. However, most witness reports seem to indicate a landing roll loss of control, and the damage to the Cessna’s wing seen in online reports suggests a high-speed impact.

(Change “Substantial damage” to “Aircraft destroyed”)


New reports this week

11/23 2030Z (1430 local time Tuesday afternoon): A Be55 “struck a bird” while en route near Brownwood, Texas. The two aboard were unhurt and airplane damage is “minor”. N325SR (TE-65) is a 1966 C55 registered in Houston, Texas.

(“Bird strike”) 

11/24 1945Z (1245 local Wednesday afternoon): The pilot of a Be36 and one passenger were unhurt, and two additional passengers have “minor” injuries, when the Bonanza “lost [its] engine” and “crash landed on [a] state road” at Tooele, Utah. The airplane has “substantial” damage. N4370W (E-559) is a 1974 A36 registered in Thatcher, Arizona.

(“Engine failure in flight”; “Substantial damage”—according to FlightAware the Bonanza had flown nonstop from Safford, Arizona, a little over three hours enroute. The flight was conducted VFR and no destination was filed).

11/26 1700Z (1100 local Friday morning): A Be35 landed gear up at Watonga, Oklahoma. The two aboard were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N35JW (D-5872) is a 1959 K35 registered in Enid, Oklahoma.

(“Gear up landing”)

11/28 1930Z (1330 local Sunday afternoon): During an instructional flight at Russellville, Arkansas, the nose gear of a Be95 collapsed. The student and instructor were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N677Q (TD-252) is a 1959 Travel Air registered in Russellville.

(“Gear collapse during landing”; “Dual instruction”)


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

11/15 A36TC engine failure at Rockport, Texas. From the NTSB:

The pilot reported that before departure, the airplane contained 70 total gallons of fuel: 20 gallons in each wing tip tank, and 15 gallons in each main tank, and the cross-country flight was estimated to be 45 minutes to Aransas County Airport (RKP), Rockport, Texas. Shortly after departure, the pilot switched the fuel selector from a main tank to the left tip tank.

About 20 minutes into the flight, the pilot noticed fuel being “sucked out of both the left and right main [tank] gas caps.” At that time, the pilot was about halfway to RKP, and he decided to continue since the weather was favorable. About 30 miles from RKP, the pilot switched to the left main fuel tank to prepare for a visual approach landing. At 1,200 ft and about 4 miles from the runway, the engine “sputtered a couple of times and quit completely.” The pilot switched to the right main fuel tank, which indicated 1⁄2 fuel, and attempted an engine restart. The restart was unsuccessful, and the pilot switched back to the left main fuel tank, which also indicated 1⁄2 fuel. The airplane was not going to make it to the runway;, the pilot ditched the airplane into Copano Bay, 1.5 miles short of RKP. The airplane impacted the water and came to rest upright.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings and ailerons. The airplane was recovered from the water for further examination.

Add Substantial damage."

2021 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2021:

Total reported: 159 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 91 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports 
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  66 reports
Operation at night: 12 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  5 reports 
Fatal accidents:  18 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  32 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   25 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series: 26 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  11 reports
Be24 Custom III/Sierra  9 reports
Be76 Duchess 
   3 reports 
Be19 Sport   2 reports 
Be77 Skipper. 1 report


Total reported 2021:  26 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  16 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  10 reports
Operation at night: 2 reports    

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

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  11 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    22 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps  8 reports

Gear up landing  
5 reports (two Be24s; three Be76s)

Gear collpase during landing  
2 reports (both Be24s)

Landing gear mechanical failure during landing   1 report (Be24)


Engine failure   6 reports 

Engine failure in flight   
3 reports (two Be23s; Be24)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff   1 report (Be77)

Engine failure during touch-and-go   1 report (Be23)

Fuel starvation   1 report (Be23)


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)


Miscellaneous

Taxi into obstacle   1 report (Be77)



BONANZA/BARON Series:   127 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza   50 reports 
Be36 Bonanza   32 reports 
Be55 Baron   16 reports
Be58 Baron   13 reports
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza   12 reports     
Be95 Travel Air 
  4 reports      

Be56 Turbo Baron


Total reported 2021:  127 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  74 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  50 reports
Operation at night: 9 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  4 reports
Fatal accidents:  13 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  17 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   22 reports

 

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

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    14 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   1 report (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  3 reports

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

Loss of directional control during landing   1 report (Be55)

Hard landing/loss of directional control   1 report (Be35)


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   3 reports

Controlled flight into terrain  
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Pilot incapacitation   1 report (Be36)


Unknown   3 reports

Crash/unknown  
3 reports (two Be35s; Be58)



OTHER EVENTS    107 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps   46 reports

Gear up landing  
24 reports (four Be33s; twelve Be35s; five Be36s; two Be55s; Be58) 

Gear collapse during landing  
19 reports (Be33; eight Be35s; three Be36s; two Be55s; three Be58s; two Be95s)

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  24 reports

Engine failure in flight  
11 reports (Be33; four Be35s; five Be36s; Be55)

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

Catastrophic engine failure in flight  
3 reports (Be35; two Be36s)

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   10 reports

Loss of directional control during landing   
4 reports (two Be35s; Be36; Be55)

Hard landing   
2 reports (both Be35)

Landed short  
2 reports (both Be35s)

Landed long   1 report (Be35)

Collision with object during landing  1 report (Be36)


Impact during/immediately after takeoff   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 on takeoff/unknown   1 report (Be36)

Takeoff/unknown   1 report (Be35)


Miscellaneous causes/Other   20 reports

Taxi into obstacle/other aircraft   
10 reports (three Be35s; Be36; two Be55s; two Be58s; Be95)

Bird strike  
5 reports (Be36; three 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)

Severe turbulence/pilot head injury   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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